has revealed he would not have stayed at if he had known was returning to the club.
Cavani turned down a move to Boca Juniors last summer to spend a second season at Old Trafford, but was shocked to see United re-sign Ronaldo from on deadline day.
The Portugal star was installed as United’s main striker ahead of Cavani – even taking the Uruguayan’s No 7 shirt – and has been the club’s top scorer by some distance with 24 goals so far this season.
Edinson Cavani will wave goodbye to his spell at Manchester United at the end of the season
He says he wouldn’t have done another year at United if he knew Cristiano Ronaldo was joining
Cavani, on the other hand, has suffered a disappointing campaign in which he has made just seven starts and scored twice.
The 35-year-old has struggled with a succession of injuries and returned to action for United’s final home game against Brentford on Monday just in time for an Old Trafford farewell before leaving as a free agent this summer.
The former striker admitted that he would have turned down United’s offer if he had known about Ronaldo’s return because he could see how the season was going to unfold.
Speaking to , Cavani said: ‘At the moment it happened, I thought it was good that Manchester signed Cristiano.
‘Knowing a little about the world of football today, the first thing I did was call my brother and say, “Fernando, if this had happened a week ago, I would have asked you to sign with another club”.
‘It was more about understanding the situation. There are a lot of things in football today that are different from how they were with other coaches, how it was before, years ago.’
Cavani has made just seven starts and scored twice in an injury-plagued season at Old Trafford