Star Forward Set To Leave Manchester United After ‘Disappointing’ Season

Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their first goal with Edinson Cavani.

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Edinson Cavani’s final season at Manchester United isn’t going the way he would’ve imagined when extending his contract for an additional year after establishing himself as an Old Trafford favourite following his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain.

The Uruguayan forward has had persistent injury issues, missing 16 out of 33 games United have played across all competitions this season. After starting in his side’s 1-1 draw against Burnley last week, he missed the Southampton game due to “groin problems”, as per Ralf Rangnick. He remains unavailable for the mid-week clash against Brighton and Hove Albion.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Cavani has now decided to leave United on a free transfer at the end of the season.

But with a crucial part of the campaign still to play, the 35-year-old can help the Red Devils finish in the top four and progress in the Champions League as far as possible.

United’s frontline have looked much more fluid with him in the middle of attack rather than with Cristiano Ronaldo. However, in order to end his time at the Theatre of Dreams on a positive note, Cavani needs to be available as much as possible in the remaining matches.

His departure will also force United to look for a new forward in the summer, with his fellow countryman Darwin Nunez emerging as an interesting option to look at to lead the Premier League giants’ attack.