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Monday Cannon Fodder: bad takes

I had a bad take about Edinson Cavani.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United - Premier League Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images

We’ve all been there. A prediction / thought we had and shared with the public turned out to be horribly, irredeemably wrong. It’s alright. It happens. Nobody is right all the time.

So today, I’d like to come clean about what has been (maybe) my worst take / prediction for this Premier League season: I thought Edinson Cavani would not move the needle much for Manchester United. And he’s been great; he has eight goals and two assists in 29 appearances this season. United’s dips in form this year have roughly coincided with his (and Paul Pogba’s) absences from the lineup.

I thought that at 34, he’d have slowed down a step or two and not be able to output the same levels of energy that made him such a dangerous player at PSG. I wasn’t wrong there — he doesn’t run himself ragged in the same way, but that hasn’t affected his production. His movement in the box is still very good, and much like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, it gets him into quality scoring positions.

So what’s your worst take from earlier this Premier League season? Or if you did well with your prognostication this year, what’s a recent call that you got wrong?