Harry Kane Exit: Have Manchester United moved a little too soon for Edinson Cavani?


10,000 fans back at Old Trafford for the first time in over 14 months, and It only took 15 minutes for veteran Uruguayan striker, Edinson Cavani to score an absolute peach of a goal to give Manchester United the lead against Fulham.

Played at Old Trafford on May 18, 2021, the match against the already relegated Fulham team isn’t the focus of this article, but the graceful art of goal-scoring that Cavani embodies pretty much is. In El’ Matador, United finally has a go-to traditional center-forward you can depend on any day, any time to bang in goals when you need them.

Ever since the departures of club attacking icons like Cristiano Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs, Wayne Rooney, and even Robin Van Persie, who won United their 20th Premier League title with some amazingly fabulous goals; United have really struggled to regain that potency in front of goal that they were so dreaded for in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.

Oh, the good old days, you say? That feeling of euphoria seems to be resurfacing again around Old Trafford, though, as Cavani’s presence and goals this season have helped secure a 2nd-place finish in the league, and a UEFA Europa League Final showdown against Villareal of Spain, as well.

His performances have justifiably earned him a very well deserved contract extension at United, as manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, moved swiftly to ensure that these goals will keep coming by tying him down for at least one more season

All well and jolly good, right? Well, so it felt up until a much sought-after target, England and Tottenham Hotspur hitman, Harry Kane, recently disclosed that he will be actively seeking a move away from Spurs at the end of this just-concluded campaign.

With the way United have made no secret about their desire to add Kane to their attacking ranks for a few years now, this recent disclosure by Kane opens up a serious question to debate on presently: “Have Manchester United moved a little too soon for Edinson Cavani?”

Both strikers are, without an inch of doubt, two of the most lethal strikers to have ever graced the European and world football scene; yes, but there is one vital thing to consider when putting them up against each other in comparison:

Age Difference: At just 27 years of age, Kane surely has the unassailable edge over Cavani here, as the latter is well past his youthful prime at 34, and surely has just a few more years left in the European top flight.

Kane will be a much better alternative for any club looking to sort out their center forward issues on a long-term basis, as Cavani is an ever potent goal menace who most certainly fits the short-term agenda.

Should United have waited till the end of the season before making the move to tie Cavani down for another season? Share your thoughts on this with me in the comments section, please.

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