In the Eternal City, Edinson Cavani confirmed his new youth in the semi-final second leg of the Europa League on the lawn of the Stadio Olimpico, Thursday, May 6.
Already author of a brace and three assists last week, the former Paris Saint-Germain striker put it back on the ground of AS Rome, confirming that the player in form on the side of Manchester United, it is is him. Shortly before halftime, the Uruguayan, launched in depth, first dispatched a missile to open the scoring. In the second half, he took advantage of a superb cross from Bruno Fernandes to equalize with a pricked header.
If that was not enough for his to win, it allowed the Red Devils to avoid being scared. Winner 6-2 in the first leg, Manchester United indeed had a large head start at the time of return, but without this double from Cavani, the Mancuniens would have had a cold sweat at the end of the match, while a 4-0 would have qualified AS Roma. But at the end of the season, el Matador – suffering since arriving in Manchester – walks on water, and he was once again imperial in Rome. His double is moreover anything but anecdotal since it is the first player to score two goals in the first leg and in the return in a European semi-final, since Klaus Allofs in 1986 with Cologne. At the time, Cavani was not even born.
2 – Edinson Cavani is the first player to score 2+ goals in both legs of a two-legged semi-final in a major European competition since Klaus Allofs for 1. FC Köln v KSV Waregem in the 1985-86 UEFA Cup. Bracing. #ROMMUN pic.twitter.com/CRqEIfg8Pw
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A historic double therefore, anything but surprising for a player finally spared from injury, and who has regained his performance in recent weeks. The former Parisian remains on 2 goals in 3 league matches, not to mention his double and his three assists in the semi-final first leg. Bringing his total to 12 goals for 5 assists in all competitions. Not bad for the one who, at 34, is only seen as an understudy in Manchester. This could also push him towards the exit, he who would like to end his career in South America.
In Argentina, the legendary Boca Juniors club would also be in the running. But Cavani’s departure, at the end of his contract next June, has not yet been finalized. And his recent performances are more in the direction of an extension. Even if Roy Keane, legend of the club, took a stand against Sky Sport at the microphone: “If you’re counting on Cavani next year for United to win league titles again, forget it. He will be a backup striker and he won’t want to be a backup striker, which is why he won’t sign a new contract. “.
An outcome that Mancunian coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes to avoid, who said after the first leg: “He knows my feelings, he knows I would love to have him for another year. We talked about it. I understand this has been a very difficult year, but I have promised him that Old Trafford and Manchester are a different place with the fans in the stadium. I’m doing my best, I hope we can get to the final and he can stay here for another year “. The first part of the wish is granted, up to the second.