Edinson Cavani’s Ultimate XI named as striker prepares for Man Utd debut

Edinson Cavani arrives at Old Trafford with a world class reputation and an impressive football CV.

The 33-year-old striker completed his free transfer to Man Utd on deadline day and is now eagerly awaiting his debut once the international break is out of the way.

After starting his career in the humble surroundings of Danubio FC in his native Uruguay, Cavani then took in spells at Palermo and Napoli before winding up at his last club PSG.

The French giants broke the national transfer record to land him for around €64million in 2013, and he went on to team up with a host of big-name stars during his seven-year stint.

The rules

  • The XI is made up of players who made the most appearances alongside our featured player or for our featured manager. We're not looking for an overall 'Best' XI, and the player/manager himself isn't in it.
  • For a player, the appearance numbers are based on the time they spent on the pitch at the same time as our main man, factoring in both club and international level.
  • This isn't necessarily the eleven players who've spent the most time on the pitch with/for him, just the eleven that would fit into a working team.
  • We're not going to come up with a Garth Crooksesque formation, but we might name subs if we feel like it.
  • All minutes played and appearances stats are courtesy of transfermarkt.co.uk.
  • Don't get angry in the comments section.

Here is Cavani's Ultimate XI of former teammates.

Goalkeeper: Morgan de Sanctis

Appearances with Cavani: 126

The first of three ex-Napoli players in the lineup, de Sanctis was between the sticks for the entirety of Cavani's three-year stay with the club.

Right-back: Christian Maggio

Appearances with Cavani: 114

Maggio spent a decade at Napoli making a total of more than 300 appearances, starting and ending either side of Cavani's stint.

Centre-back: Marquinhos

Appearances with Cavani: 223

On third of PSG's Brazilian defensive contingent, Marquinhos has played alongside Cavani more than any other player.

Centre-back: Thiago Silva

Appearances with Cavani: 216

Chelsea's new signing and PSG stalwart, Silva joined the French club the year prior to Cavani and was his captain for much of his time there.

Left-back: Maxwell

Appearances with Cavani: 130

Played alongside Cavani for five years and has remained at PSG in the role of assistant sporting director.

At the time of his retirement in 2017 he was the most-decorated active player, following successful spells at Ajax, Inter and Barcelona, among others.

Midfielder: Marco Verratti

Appearances with Cavani: 205

Third on the list behind the centre-back pairing, the doggid midfielder made his PSG debut at 19 and has already clocked up over 300 appearances in eight years – two third of which were with Cavani.

Midfielder: Javier Pastore

Appearances with Cavani: 179

Pastore recently claimed Cavani as the "best no.9" he's ever played with, labelling his former teammates as a "phenomenon".

Midfielder: Blaise Matuidi

Appearances with Cavani: 176

Gets in ahead of Adrian Rabiot by a single appearance, Matuidi was a mainstay in the PSG side for six years – four of which alongside Cavani – before moving to Juventus and later winning the World Cup with France.

Forward: Lucas Moura

Appearances with Cavani: 159

Pre-Tottenham days, Moura was an important player for PSG after arriving in the same summer as Cavani but was eventually frozen out before his exit. Did just enough to pip Di Maria to the post though.

Forward: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Appearances with Cavani: 107

They may not always have seen eye to eye but the duo formed a deadly partnership together, with Cavani now following the Swede's same route from Paris to Manchester.

Forward: Ezequiel Lavezzi

Appearances with Cavani: 164

The Argentinian moved from Napoli to PSG the year before Cavani made the same trip, and his joint goal contribution with the Uruguayan is third to that of only Di Maria and Ibrahimovic.

Subs: Salvatore Sirigu (122), Paolo Cannavaro (109), Adrien Rabiot (175), Thiago Motta (166), Angel Di Maria (154), Julian Draxler (99), Luis Suarez (86)

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