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Man Utd told of costly blunder that’s seen season fail and major star pack his bags

Man Utd strikers Edinson Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo

Diego Forlan reckons the ailing Man Utd season could’ve been remedied had a different set of decisions been made regarding Edinson Cavani.

It’s fair to say the current campaign at Manchester United has not gone how many predicted in pre-season. Hopes of a successful season were sky high after United signed Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

While that trio have all enjoyed moderate levels of success this term, the club’s overarching fortunes have taken a dive.

Indeed, United are now certain to go yet another season without lifting silverware. Their last major honours came in 2017 when Jose Mourinho guided them to a League Cup and Europa League double.

What’s more, the Red Devils may also miss out on qualification to next season’s Champions League. Arsenal are the current frontrunners to nab fourth spot and have a game in hand over United.

Putting your finger on precisely what has gone wrong at United this season is an unenviable task.

But according to former United striker Diego Forlan, their season would’ve been smoother sailing had fellow Uruguayan Edinson Cavani played a larger role.

The 35-year-old has spent most of the season either injured or on the bench. His reduced minutes when fit are a direct consequence of Ronaldo’s arrival, and Cavani has notched just two goals across all competitions this season.

That is a far cry from the the 17 he scored last year, including 10 goals in his final 11 outings to round out the season.

Forlan reckons United’s poor fortunes are linked to Cavani’s lack of action.

Forlan critical of Cavani handling

“I think at United if he had the opportunity to play many games in a row, he would have been scoring many, many important goals for the club,” said Forlan via the Mirror.

“He did that last season if you remember. At the end he was playing many games before the Europa League Final and you could see in the way that many people were behind him, players, and the way he took the team to the next level.

“Why? Because he was playing most of the games. This season he started the season injured and then he didn’t play for one reason or another which I don’t know.

“He never played two or three games in a row and it is difficult for a player to perform well if he doesn’t have many games.”

Cavani linked with Inter Milan and will snub La Liga

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani seems likely to move back to Italy, with Inter Milan rumoured to have offered a big contract.

Cavani’s contract will expire this summer and all the signs point towards a free agent exit. Indeed, transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed the striker’s plan is to leave Old Trafford.

Where he will wind up, only time will tell. But in Forlan’s opinion, Cavani has done enough already in his 20-month stay in Manchester to be remembered fondly by the fans.

He concluded: “Edinson has been a very professional player, very strong physically and you saw just why he was signed towards the end of last season.”