Edinson Cavani has turned into a fan-favourite at Manchester United, with his delirious goalscoring form at the end of the 2020/21 campaign more or less keeping his side’s season alive.
Cavani joined the club on deadline day in 2020 and amid a difficult start to life at Manchester United, he eventually found his feet and scored several goals – he found the net a total of 17 times in his debut season.
Cavani’s first four months at the club were challenging, however. A lack of fitness derailed his start to the season and when he finally got going, he served a three-match suspension for an inappropriate social media post. Now, it has been revealed that his lack of playing time last year resulted in the Uruguayan forward trying to engineer a move away from the club.
That’s according to Boca Juniors chief Juan Roman Riquelme, who claims that Cavani picked up the phone to secure a move to the Argentinian outfit last January.
“I’ve been speaking with him for a long time and he called me in January to come because he wasn’t playing there. I remember we talked one day and the next day he came in and scored two goals in the last minutes.
“He made a comeback. From then on he started scoring goals in all the games and they renewed with him.”
SN’s verdict on Cavani’s apparent u-turn…
It would’ve been easy for Cavani to end his Old Trafford adventure when times were tough last year but his resilience is a testament to his character – something which eventually earned him a one-year extension to the 12-month arrangement he signed in 2020.
Cavani almost singlehandedly guided United through their run-in last season and although Cristiano Ronaldo has taken on the mantle this season, Cavani will remain an integral part of the team. A move back to South America is, however, still expected to go through in the future when his European adventure comes to an end.