Edinson Cavani has won his very first Manchester United Player of the Month award, after a blistering spell of goalscoring in April.
He was named Man of the Match after that win, and went on to seize the award twice more (Granada, Roma) before the month was out, finishing April with a total of five goals, despite making just four starts.
The Uruguayan has been getting fitter and fitter as the season has progressed, and is now showing the full range of his talents as the season approaches its climax.
During April, Cavani has sniffed out close-range chances (Burnley, Roma), scored diving headers (Tottenham), created goals for others (Tottenham, Roma) and led the forward line with great intelligence and maturity throughout.
It is still undecided as to whether El Matador will remain in M16 for a further season, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is desperate to keep hold of the 34-year-old for a bit longer.
“He’s more than just a goal poacher and good goalscorer,”
explained the manager.
“He’s played for so long that he has that calmness and composure about him. He’s showing his experience. We want the experienced players to step up and he definitely has done.
“He was out for seven months and had not played for a long time before he came. He had injuries but worked hard, showed his quality. He knows I’d love to have him for another year.
“I understand it’s been very difficult for him. I’ve promised him Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with fans in it. I’m doing my best! Hopefully, nights like this help him see himself here for another year.”
Is this Cavani’s best performance for United?Video
HOW DID THE VOTING FINISH?
Edinson Cavani – 70 per cent
Mason Greenwood – 25 per cent
Victor Lindelof – 5 per cent
Why Cavani was voted Man of the MatchVideo
2020/21 PLAYER OF THE MONTH WINNERS
September: Juan Mata
October: Marcus Rashford
November: Bruno Fernandes
December: Bruno Fernandes
January: Paul Pogba
February: Luke Shaw
March: Luke Shaw
April: Edinson Cavani