Manchester United may live to regret their decision to sign Edinson Cavani on deadline day.
According to The Manchester Evening News, Cavani will miss Man United’s game against Newcastle United after the international break as he will still be self-isolating.
Although the 116-cap Uruguay international could be available to play against Paris Saint-Germain in Paris, this cannot be guaranteed given the current circumstances.
Moreover, the 33-year-old may not be deemed fit enough to feature against his former club, as he has been unable to train with his new teammates in accordance with the coronavirus protocols.
This will be a big blow for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who will be without his first choice striker Anthony Martial at St James’ Park, as he starts serving a three-match ban for the red card he received during the humiliating defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Plenty of players in the past have arrived at Old Trafford with a big reputation but failed to adapt to the Premier League.
Only time will tell if he is another Radamel Falcao or a Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Regardless, the Red Devils have been readily criticised for seemingly rushing headlong into a late summer swoop for the ex-PSG striker, with talkSPORT transfer expert Alex Crook condemning the deal as a “little bit of a panic buy.”
While Cavani, rated at £18m by Transfermarkt, was once considered to be one of the best players in Europe, his reputation has somewhat declined in recent years, especially considering he hasn’t kicked a ball in seven months.
Last season, he started seven games in Ligue 1 with as many appearances from the bench, scoring four goals and supplying one assist, whilst averaging 2 shots, a mere 0.7 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game, via WhoScored.
Although these numbers are hardly appalling, the statistics don’t exactly paint the full picture.
Indeed, Solskjaer spent the better part of last season insisting he is investing in youth players; giving academy graduates like Mason Greenwood a chance to test themselves on a regular basis whilst trying to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.
With the benefit of hindsight, something about his statement doesn’t quite ring true, when you consider the fact that Cavani will earn the same amount as Marcus Rashford – even though he hasn’t played since March and last scored in February.
Furthermore, the Uruguayan left the Parc de Princes amid a public spat with Neymar, which perhaps indicates that he isn’t the best at coping with flamboyant personalities. It will be interesting to see how he deals with Paul Pogba in the dressing room, that’s for sure.
History has a habit of repeating itself. You can’t help but wonder why United decided to splash the cash on an ageing striker when they had invested so heavily in Alex Telles and Donny van de Beek.