Edinson Cavani has been hailed as ‘like an older brother’ ahead of his imminent move to Manchester United. The Uruguay international is set to sign a two-year contract with the club on transfer deadline day. And, if he can bring his PSG form to the Premier League, then Ed Woodward could be onto a winner.
Woodward is gambling on Cavani.
United have been here before. They have seen big-name signings flop in the past, with Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Alexis Sanchez all struggling during their time at Old Trafford.
But they’re willing to take a punt on Cavani, who scored 200 goals from 301 matches for PSG prior to his departure earlier in the summer.
The 33-year-old still feels he has much to offer and is raring to go, even reportedly asking United whether he could play in their Premier League clash against Tottenham on Sunday.
He’s also relishing the prospect of facing PSG in the Champions League, unhappy at how his departure from the Ligue 1 giants played out.
And a PSG source is quoted in The Times as praising the veteran, insisting his personality makes him like an ‘older brother’.
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“Edi is by nature a quiet guy and he’s not a leader in terms of raising his voice,” the publication quotes them as saying.
“But he nearly always had the respect of the dressing room.
“Even though he naturally got on well with the other South Americans, he would go towards the young French kids as well.
“He’s incredibly gentle, sensitive, loves nature and isn’t interested in video games and rap music, so he’s more like an older brother.”
French football pundit David Ginola thinks Cavani will relish the ‘fantastic challenge’ that awaits him at United.
“When you are Cavani or the players who are supposed to sign for Manchester United, don’t get us wrong, they are still one of the best clubs in the world, one of the most recognised and successful clubs in the world,” he told Sky Sports.
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“So for players like that, coming to Manchester United and making Manchester United better with them is a challenge.
“So Cavani, for example, he is the record scorer in Paris (PSG), he needs a new challenge and maybe coming to Manchester United will be a fantastic challenge for him.
“You need as many players as you can afford in your squad.
“A season in the Premier League is quite long and tough, so you need someone up front who can score goals for you.
“Edinson Cavani is the kind of player who can actually score a lot of goals for Manchester United.
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“He’s a proper striker – like the old days, a proper ‘number nine’, like van Nistelrooy, like Andy Cole, players like that.
“It seems to me that teams these days can’t afford to play without a proper striker.
“I remember Barcelona only playing with midfielders and no strikers at all. I think they changed the mentality, and playing with a striker definitely changes the whole set-up of a team, how you are going to play around the striker.
“Because you don’t play the same way if you play with four, five midfielders, or if you play with someone in support of the man up front, as Cavani does most of the time.
“So I think he will score some goals and it will be interesting to see what he’s going to do.”
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