Manchester United had already wrapped up the award for goal of the season for the year – only for Cavani to score a gem
By Dan Coombs, and San Carney
What a moment that was for Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan marked his first game in front of fans at Old Trafford with a special goal.
15 minutes in, Cavani saw Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola off his line and decided to go for goal. Seconds later the ball was nestling in the back of the net.
Cavani’s shot was a sublime chip with pace and perfect execution, immaculately judged with precision and outstanding technique. It was the type of goal only special players can score, and was reminiscent of Wayne Rooney.
While there was a hint of offside about the goal, frankly, when the finish is that good, who cares?
The goal was Cavani’s 10th in the Premier League this season and his 16th in total. He has just extended his contract and this was the perfect way to celebrate.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had promised Cavani would enjoy playing in front of supporters. The feeling was certainly mutual.
His goal was a delight to watch, especially for the 10 000 in attendance who were lucky enough to see it live.
United announced the club’s goal of the season winner before the game, with Bruno Fernandes winning it for his strike from outside the box against Everton.
Cavani’s strike was a reminder that the award should never be decided before the season is done.
His goal was a surefire contender and possibly a deserving winner.
The striker has proven to be an astute addition, and he has won over his doubters, who were sceptical whether he would be past his best. Cavani simply seems to be getting better and better.
Sadly United could not see the game out and get the three points, settling for a 1-1 draw. Cavani’s goal at least gave fans in attendance something special to remember the match by.
Record-setting 40-yard lob
Edinson Cavani’s 40-yard lob against Fulham was stunning in its own right, but it also helped Manchester United to set a new Premier League record.
The Uruguayan’s magnificent effort took him to 10 goals in 26 league games this campaign, with four of those coming since the beginning of April.
Cavani, who signed a new contract with United last week, has established himself as a cult figure at Old Trafford, and that was only rubberstamped as he became the first Red since Scott McTominay in March 2020 to score with Reds fans in attendance at the Theatre of Dreams.
Edi’s top-flight tally means he is the 25th different United player to net double figures in a league season since 1992 which, according to Opta, moves us one clear of Arsenal in the Premier League rankings.
United are also the first team this season to have three players find the net on 10 or more occasions, with the Uruguayan joining Bruno Fernandes (18 goals) and Marcus Rashford (11 goals).
Rashford has previous in this regard, with this being his third double-figure scoring campaign, placing him alongside Reds legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez, plus team-mate Anthony Martial.
Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy each managed the feat four times during their five seasons with the club, while Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit 10 or more goals across five different campaigns.
No-one can come close to our all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney, though.
After signing from Everton in August 2004, the brilliant forward’s end-of-season league tallies at Old Trafford read as follows: 11, 16, 14, 12, 12, 26, 11, 27, 12, 17, 12, 8, 5.
While Wayne’s scoring slowed down in his final few campaigns with the club, his 11 double-figure seasons are a United – and Premier League – record.
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