Former Manchester United forward Diego Forlan believes Edinson Cavani is a great signing for his former club as the Uruguayan has not declined in the same way as Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Cavani, 33, joined United on a free transfer on deadline day after leaving Paris Saint-Germain. Ibrahimovic also swapped Paris for Manchester four years ago, netting 28 goals in all competitions in his debut season under Jose Mourinho.
The former Napoli man could make his debut against PSG in the Champions League on October 20 after missing the game against Newcastle due to self-isolation COVID-19 guidelines following his arrival in the UK.
Forlan played alongside Cavani for the Uruguay national team and believes his former teammate can replicate Ibrahimovic’s impact at Old Trafford as his ability has not declined with age.
“Edinson is still a great player,” he told the South China Morning Post. “Edinson is still a great player. I’ve not seen any decline in him yet.
“I think he’s a top signing for United, just like Zlatan was. He’s that type of player.
“He’ll lead by example, by how he trains and how he plays. He’ll be a positive influence for the young players.
“He’s a winner who has won lots of trophies, a goal scorer who has scored wherever he has been, he assists too.
“He’s strong and his physique will be fine for English football. He’s quick, he’s highly motivated.”
Like Forlan, many expect Cavani to pass on what he’s learnt during his career to United’s younger forwards, most notably Mason Greenwood.
The striker says he is happy to help his new teammates and manager in any way possible.
He said: “I’m coming here to do my very best, as I told you, and I’m here to offer a little bit of my experience to the squad, to the manager, and I’m ready and willing to do the very best I can, and to give the best that I can give.
“So that’s kind of my aim as I arrive here, very keen to make myself available to my team-mates. After that it depends on each individual, what they want to take on board and what they want to leave alone. That’s a bit like how I see football.”
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