A deadline day move from Man United for Edinson Cavani certainly got us all excited. We’re talking about a top-class, ultimate professional, who certainly knows where the back of the net is.
After a string of substitute appearances for the Red Devils, Cavani’s fitness is now building. Heck, we know he’s putting in the work. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, understandably, used his new striker sparingly but perhaps it’s time for an increase in minutes.
Well, Cavani was given that opportunity. Not for Manchester United, but for his native Uruguay. The striker would start during their 3-0 victory over Colombia, with El Matador finding the net with a lovely finish after just five minutes.
It’s easy to forget just how lethal Cavani has been for Napoli, Paris Saint-Germain and Uruguay over the last decade. Let’s not beat around the bush here, we’re talking about one of the best, most consistent players of his generation.
His goal for United against Everton would have done his confidence the world of good and he’s backed that up with another in his next start. The positive signs are certainly there for all to see.
Uruguay plays again in another few days, this time against Alex Telles and Brazil, which provides another chance for the forward to prove his worth before coming back to Manchester.
With Anthony Martial yet to score in the Premier League this term, I don’t doubt that the Frenchman is now starting to feel the pressure. The good news for our #9 is the fact that Cavani will be flying back from South America on Wednesday, so I don’t think he’ll be ready to start against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, particularly with that game being a 12:30 kick-off.
However, Cavani deserves his opportunity, particularly if Martial blanks again this weekend. It’s this healthy competition which United so desperately need if they’re to compete for major honours.
As you’d imagine, United fans reacted in their droves as the star scored for his country, and played yet another hard-working, team-based performance. What a player.