Edinson Cavani was on the move before Fred’s pass had even reached Marcus Rashford’s feet. The subsequent delivery was perfect but it was only thanks to Cavani’s movement, that trademark run across his man, that it ended up in the net.
Cavani’s flicked header for Manchester United’s third goal against Aston Villa made it eight in his last seven appearances. The striker turned 34 in February but his recent performances show little evidence of decline. Quite the opposite in fact.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has already confirmed his desire to keep Cavani beyond the end of his contract this summer and convincing him to extend his stay at Old Trafford must now be a priority.
Their win rate jumps from 55 per cent to 67 per cent when he starts and his impact at Villa Park was a reminder of his effectiveness from the bench too. Cavani has now scored five Premier League goals as a substitute – the most by a United player in a single season in the history of the competition.