In swapping Paris for Manchester, Edinson Cavani has also 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, he also swapped Ligue 1 for the Premier League.
If, at the point of his arrival at Manchester United at the age of 33 he is past his peak, he also represents the nature of attacker they have lacked since Romelu Lukaku’s transfer to Inter Milan. 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 capable of retaining the ball in the final third. “He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals,” said United’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, also once a fine goalscorer, of the Uruguayan. “The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward.”