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Manchester United made a huge move on the Premier League transfer deadline day as they acquired Uruguayan and former Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani on a free transfer. He signed a two-year deal with the club along with an option to opt out after the first year.
“Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here,” said Cavani. “I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club. I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere, when it is safe for the fans to return.”
Cavani has been an incredible striker over the past decade, one of the best of the 2010s. He scored 200 goals in 301 appearances for PSG, winning six league titles and 19 trophies in seven seasons with the club.
He was let go this summer and finds a new home with Man U, a club currently in shambles.
Man U opened the season with a loss at home to mid-table Crystal Palace 3-1. After a 3-2 win at Brighton & Hove Albion which saw them score on a late penalty after the full-time whistle, they were embarrassed 6-1 at home on Sunday by Tottenham Hotspur.
Man U’s front line has been tremendous but have lacked a true striker as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have shuffled in and out of the top forward position. Cavani provides a legit scoring threat in the box, amplifying their attack going forward. Despite missing out on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, Man U comes away from the transfer window with a bona fide scorer.
Former Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has provided this club with a spark as he scored in his debut with the club against Crystal Palace. However, the biggest issue for Man U has been the backline, conceding 11 goals in their first three games in the 2020-21 Premier League season. Against the Spurs, all four defenders’ ratings for the match were under 5.0.
Man U addressed the backline by signing FC Porto left-back Alex Telles for 13.6 million euros. He will look to replace long-time veteran Luke Shaw and provide consistency and quality at his position.
Manchester United will resume Premier League action on October 17 against Newcastle United and will face PSG, Cavani’s former club, three days later in Champions League group stage action.