In swapping Paris for Manchester, Edinson Cavani went from competing for selection with Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Mauro Icardi to challenging Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Among the most prolific and consistent goalscorers of the past decade, in the summer of 2020, Cavani had finally made the move to the Premier League that had been considered possible for a significant portion of his career.
Arriving at Old Trafford at the age of 33, Cavani may have been past his peak, but he remains the type of natural striker Manchester United have lacked since Romelu Lukaku left for Inter Milan a year earlier. Potent and fluid though Greenwood, Martial and Rashford may consistently be, there had been occasions when United would have benefitted from a physically stronger striker capable of holding the ball up in the final third. They again have that in Cavani. “He has been a great influence and had a great impact,” said United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. “He is improving everyone (around him) as well, but he still has a few years left in him. He is a meticulous profesional. His habits and everything he does shows you about why he has had the career he has had. He is still one of the fittest players we have got.”