Manchester United icon Rio Ferdinand has shown his support for the Red Devils’ Deadline Day deal to sign former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, which is great news for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer…
According to ESPN, Man United confirmed they completed the signing of Cavani on a free transfer on Monday.
The 116-cap Uruguay international became the club’s third signing of the summer transfer window when he agreed a two-year deal at Old Trafford, keeping him in Manchester until at least 2022 following his departure from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season after seven years with the French giants.
Cavani had been with PSG after signing from SSC Napoli in 2013, and he helped the 9-time French champions win six Ligue 1 trophies whilst finishing as the league’s top scorer in back-to-back seasons, via Transfermarkt.
It’s claimed that both the club and the player retain the option to break the agreement after a year.
Last season, he only started seven out of fourteen appearances in the French top flight after falling out of favour with Neymar, although he still managed to score four goals and supply one assist in all competitions whilst taking 2 shots per game, via WhoScored.
But Ferdinand is convinced the board have made the right decision after taking to Twitter to express his thoughts.
He wrote he is “Experience[d], Hard Working & Goals complimenting a young front three!” before adding “Good Luck Man.”
Solskjaer will find solace in Ferdinand’s verdict after a tough start to the season as United have conceded eleven goals in their first three Premier League games after being smashed for six by Spurs.
The former England international knows a thing or two about facing some of the world’s greatest strikers, as he was a part of the side that won six Premier League titles as well as winning the Champions League all the way back in 2008.
And Ferdinand’s praise for Cavani’s attitude is exactly what Solskjaer will have wanted to hear, having had to deal with players like Paul Pogba for so long, as it shows the club legend has acquired a player who will be worth every penny of the £210,000-a-week wages he will reportedly receive.
The Uruguayan will be hopeful he can hit the ground running as he will be well aware of the fact that he faces stiff competition from Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood for a place in the starting lineup, although Solskjaer is confident his arrival will provide a huge spark for his young squad.
Whilst competition for spots in the first team has arguably never been higher, Cavani is well accustomed to challenging the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for places at the Parc des Princes.
All he has to do now is to live up to the hype, which will be no easy task. This is also a real chance for United’s academy graduates to learn from one of Europe’s best forwards over the past decade or so – so they must make the most of this opportunity.
AND in other news, Man United’s failure to sign Jadon Sancho spells certain doom for Solskjaer…