Manchester United star Fred has revealed he’s already noticed Edinson Cavani’s warrior-like qualities since the Uruguay international’s move to Old Trafford. The 33-year-old joined the club on a free transfer on deadline day. And he could be given his debut in the Red Devils’ Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Saturday night.
Manchester United have gambled on Cavani.
They’re hopeful the 33-year-old can do the No 7 shirt justice and score goals galore, with the Uruguay international finding the net 200 times from 301 appearances for PSG over the years.
They also believe Cavani can become a leader at the club just like former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who had a successful spell at Old Trafford earlier in his career.
The striker is yet to feature for United, missing the recent victories over Newcastle and PSG, but could make his debut against Chelsea on Saturday night.
And Fred, speaking to the club’s official website, has revealed he’s already noticed Cavani’s tenacity in training.
“He’s a superb centre-forward,” said the Brazil international. “He plays for Uruguay, and he has scored a lot of goals for Paris Saint-Germain.
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“I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of passion to the team. Watching him play, you see he’s constantly battling, always looking to score.
“I’m sure that he’ll bring a lot to our group, our squad.”
He then added: “Of course, Cavani is older, more experienced [than our other strikers], so I’m sure Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] and Anthony [Martial] will learn from him in that position – as they do from Odion Ighalo, too.
“The players there will learn as he’s a bit more experienced. I watch the more experienced players in my position and I look to see what they’re doing, right or wrong, to learn from them.
“I’m sure they [our forwards] will learn from Cavani as well, in the same way they have learnt from Odion and other centre-forwards.
“He’s come to help, to add to the team, and I’m certain he’ll contribute a lot.”
Fred also hailed Alex Telles, who sparkled for United on his debut in Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over PSG at the Parc des Princes.
“He’s a great person, I spoke to him shortly before he signed for us,” Fred said of the defender.
“We had a good chat and he’s a really relaxed guy, a good person and a great player. He had a superb season at Porto and has played for other clubs where he did really well.
“I’m convinced he’ll add to and help the team and we’ll make him very welcome here.
“I’ll be here to help with whatever he needs, together with Bruno and the other players here who speak good Portuguese.
“I’m sure they’ll help him too, and we’ll work towards having a great season together.”
Meanwhile, speaking ahead of the Chelsea match, Solskjaer hailed Cavani for the professionalism he’s shown so far.
“Of course where he’s been away from football for so long, he needed a pre-season,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s naturally fit and he’s been looking after himself. He had two weeks in quarantine but we did provide him with all the facilities – the gym and a treadmill – and he posted (online) a few running sessions that he did.
“There is your foundation. Now when he comes in with us he’s getting more football and more training sessions individualised so he feels more ready to train with the team and then play with the team.
“He’s been very meticulous and very methodical in his training and his preparation. He didn’t feel ready for the PSG game because it was too early for him.
“He hadn’t done enough sharpness work, but he’s managed to do that this week and let’s see if that means he’s ready for the Chelsea game – I’m hopeful.”
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