Cavani wonder goal sets new Premier League record
Edinson Cavani’s 40-yard lob against Fulham was stunning in its own right, but it also helped Manchester United to set a new Premier League record.
The Uruguayan’s magnificent effort took him to 10 goals in 26 league games this campaign, with four of those coming since the beginning of April.
Cavani, who signed a new contract with United last week, has established himself as a cult figure at Old Trafford, and that was only rubberstamped as he became the first Red since Scott McTominay in March 2020 to score with Reds fans in attendance at the Theatre of Dreams.
Edi’s top-flight tally means he is the 25th different United player to net double figures in a league season since 1992 which, according to Opta, moves us one clear of Arsenal in the Premier League rankings.
United are also the first team this season to have three players find the net on 10 or more occasions, with the Uruguayan joining Bruno Fernandes (18 goals) and Marcus Rashford (11 goals).
Rashford has previous in this regard, with this being his third double-figure scoring campaign, placing him alongside Reds legends like Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez, plus team-mate Anthony Martial.
Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy each managed the feat four times during their five seasons with the club, while Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit 10 or more goals across five different campaigns.
No-one can come close to our all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney, though.
After signing from Everton in August 2004, the brilliant forward’s end-of-season league tallies at Old Trafford read as follows: 11, 16, 14, 12, 12, 26, 11, 27, 12, 17, 12, 8, 5.
While Wayne’s scoring slowed down in his final few campaigns with the club, his 11 double-figure seasons are a United – and Premier League – record.
NUMBER OF PL SEASONS WITH 10+ GOALS FOR UNITED
11: Wayne Rooney
5: Andy Cole, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
4: Eric Cantona, Ruud van Nistelrooy
3: Cristiano Ronaldo, Javier Hernandez, Robin van Persie, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford
2: Mark Hughes, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Dwight Yorke, Dimitar Berbatov, Romelu Lukaku
1: Andrei Kanchelskis, Teddy Sheringham, David Beckham, Carlos Tevez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani.