Paul Scholes brands Edinson Cavani a ‘DISGRACE’ after he ‘hardly ever played’ for Manchester United this season with the Uruguayan on his way out of Old Trafford… and claims under-par Raphael Varane ‘got away with it’
- Edinson Cavani is set to leave Old Trafford as his contract expires this summer
- The Uruguayan forward penned a one-year extension at the end of last season
- But he has endured a woeful final season, scoring just twice in all competitions
- Raphael Varane ‘disappointed’ Paul Scholes in his first campaign with the club
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has slated Edinson Cavani and labelled the forward’s final season at Old Trafford a ‘disgrace’.
The Uruguayan penned a one-year extension last summer but is set to leave the club at the end of this season on a free transfer now his deal has run down.
Cavani has endured a woeful season, making only 15 Premier League appearances – with just seven coming as starts – and only found the net twice in all competitions.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes (left) branded Edinson Cavani (right) a ‘disgrace’
Overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Cavani almost left the club midway through the season but was persuaded to stay by Ralf Rangnick, only to go on and withdraw from certain games.
Scholes was left unimpressed by Cavani avoidance of matches, branding him a disgrace.
He told Premier League Productions: ‘Cavani I think was a disgrace this year, he hardly ever played. He pulled out of the Middlesbrough game because he had to travel back from wherever he was.
The Uruguayan forward was overshadowed by the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo last summer
‘Funnily enough, since that Middlesbrough game I think I heard last night United have won only five out of 18 games or something since then.
‘It’s been embarrassing, this manager [Erik ten Hag] now needs backing. Who’s going to help him do that? The club upstairs is still a bit of a mess, we don’t really know.’
Cavani played his last game for United during their 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on the final day of the top-flight season as they scraped a disappointing sixth-place finish.
He was clearly unhappy with the result as he reacted to some fans taunting him by sticking his middle finger up at them as he made his way onto the team bus following the game.
Ronaldo was one of three arrivals last summer, alongside Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, and was heavily relied on for goals, finishing the season as the Red Devils’ top scorer.
Cavani made only 15 Premier League appearances – with just seven coming as starts this term
Scholes claimed Raphael Varane has been ‘disappointing’ during his first season at the club
Scholes believed the signing of Varane would also have a positive impact on United’s campaign but the defender appears to have fallen flat.
The former midfielder revealed he was disappointed with the Frenchman’s first season at Old Trafford.
He claimed: ‘Do you know what, we go back to last year as well we thought Ronaldo’s coming in, Varane is coming in. You are thinking, “yeah, here we go”.
‘Varane’s been disappointing. I think he’s got away with it a little bit. A lot of injuries, hardly played a game.’