United Boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has finally opened up on the reason behind handing United’s iconic number 7 shirt to Edinson Cavani.
Solskjear disclosed that immediately Cavani arrived in Manchester United, the first question he asked was about the availability of the iconic shirt worn by the likes of David Beckham, Eric Cantona, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
“That was the first thing he asked me if he could wear the number seven. We talk about the history of the shirt and for me, with the history of his career, his personality, the chat I had with him and when I watched him before, I wasn’t in doubt that he could handle that number seven shirt.“He’s so meticulous, professional. His habits, everything about it shows why he’s had the career he’s had. Even at the age, he is now, he’s one of the fittest players we’ve got,” the United Boss revealed
Cavani arrived on the October 5 deadline day at the end of the previous transfer window, since a move for the club’s long-standing target Jadon Sancho didn’t come to fruition.
United agreed on a flurry of deals in the final hours, bringing in Cavani on a free transfer from French champion, PSG alongside Alex Telles from Porto, Facundo Pellistri from Penarol and Amad Diallo from Atalanta – the latter is due to arrive in January.
Despite the rushed nature of his move, Cavani has had a telling impact in England even though he has made seven of his eight Premier League appearances as a substitute.
Along with three goals and two assists in his past six appearances, the former Paris Saint-Germain star offers United a different focal point in attack, bringing what was described by Marcus Rashford as “another dimension” to a young forward line.
Solskjaer has explained the reason he kept bringing Cavani in as a substitute, saying he fits his category of a perfect player to come in and make a difference.
Cavani came off the bench to have an impact for Man United at Leicester, creating the assist that led to the second goal scored by Bruno Fernandes.