Edinson Cavani demanded Manchester United’s no.7 shirt before transfer, reveals Ole Gunnar Solskajer

Edinson Cavani was desperate to join Manchester United (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the ‘first’ thing Edinson Cavani asked about the club was whether he could take the famous no.7 shirt.

The Uruguayan joined the Red Devils on deadline day as a free agent after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, where he spent seven years of his career.

Many questioned the logic behind United’s move for Cavani, particularly as he hadn’t played in over six months after an acrimonious exit from the Ligue 1 giants.

However, Cavani has silenced the doubters with a fine start to life at Old Trafford and Solskjaer has revealed he was impressed by the striker’s demand to take the no.7 shirt.

Cavani was handed the no.7 shirt (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

‘That was the first thing he asked me when I spoke to him, if he could wear the number seven!’ Solskjaer told reporters after United’s 2-2 draw against Leicester.

‘Obviously we are talking about the history of the shirt. When you think of the history of his career and the experience he has had, his personality from the chat I had with him and when I watched him before, it wasn’t in doubt that he could handle the number seven shirt.’

Cavani has been given time to build up his fitness given the condition he arrived in when he signed for the club.

However, despite his 33 years, Solskjaer admits he views Cavani as a starter and says the club will look to extend his one-year contract.

‘He is definitely a starter. You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else,’ said Solskjaer.

‘We have plenty of starters, more than 11. That is the thing when you are at Man United. You should believe and trust in yourself. I trust him. We have good competition for places. He will probably start more games than he will not start.”

‘At the moment it looks like he has a few years left in him so I wouldn’t say anything else.

‘He has made a great impact when he has come here. Let’s focus on improving everyone but he has a few years left in him.’

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