In swapping Paris for Manchester, Edinson Cavani has gone from competing for selection with Kylian Mbappé, Neymar and Mauro Icardi, to challenging Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford. Among the world’s most prolific and consistent goalscorers of the past decade, in the summer of 2020, Cavani finally made a move to the Premier League that has been talked up as a possibility for a significant portion of his career.
Arriving at Old Trafford at the age of 33, Cavani might be a little past his peak, but he is still the kind of natural centre-forward 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 have been occasions when United would have benefitted from a physically stronger striker who capable of holding the ball up in the final third. They now 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.”