Rating Cavani’s past strike partners and what it tells us he needs at Man Utd

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took a major gamble last summer when he sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan and put his trust in Anthony Martial to lead the attack.

But that faith was justified with the Frenchman having his best season in front of goal for the club, scoring 23 goals in all competitions.

Nevertheless, the likes of Paul Scholes still called on United to sign a 'world-class' striker this summer to play ahead of Martial.

As United fans grew frustrated about the lack of signings, it seems unlikely that a striker would arrive until on deadline, a deal was striker to sign Edinson Cavani, who had been a free agent the entire summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain.

While Cavani is unlikely to be the 'a real No 9' Scholes was expecting, he has enjoyed a decorated career in Italy and France and brings a wealth of experience to Old Trafford.

Star Sport takes a look at Cavani's past and analyses what he will bring to United.

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Palermo: Fabrizio Miccoli and Amauri – 7

Cavani began his career at Uruguayan side Danubio in 2005 before making the move to Italy in January 2007.

And he made an immediate impression for Palermo, scoring on his debut against Fiorentina.

His second season was a struggle with just five goals to his name but alongside the diminutive Miccoli, he began to showcase his talent, bagging 15 goals in back-to-back seasons.

Napoli: Marek Hamsik, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lorenzo Insigne – 8

Cavani's exploits were beginning to create a buzz and the colourful Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis took a gamble and brought him to the south of Italy.

In three seasons at Napoli, Cavani scored at least 33 goals in all competitions each year against he combined with Hamsik, Lavezzi and Insigne to make them one of the most exciting teams in Europe.

The 2012-13 season saw Cavani finish as the leading scorer in Serie A with 29 goals and the likes of Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid were all interested in his signature.

PSG: Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar – 9

Cavani would ultimately choose PSG where he would link up with former Napoli team-mate Lavezzi and play alongside Ibrahimovic.

With Ibrahimovic leading the attack, Cavani had to settle for starting from the left side, with a license to come inside.

PSG went on to win three Ligue 1 titles in a row as Cavani at least 25 goals in each season.

His best goalscoring season came in 2016-17 as he exploded to scored 35 league goals in 36 games but it wasn't enough as Monaco pipped them to the title in stunning fashion.

In response to the disappointment, PSG brought Neymar and Mbappe to the Parc des Princes in 2017 and they earned another three-peat to dominate French club football.

Cavani's last season was injury-hit and restricted him to just 22 appearances. He said his goodbyes in the summer as his contract came to an end.

Manchester United – Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood

Due to quarantine guidelines, Cavani faces a wait before he can make his debut and he could be pressed into action due to Martial's three-match suspension.

At 33 and seven months since his last match, it would be a welcome surprise for Solskjaer if he seamlessly adapted to English football.

What will help Cavani is the pace and directness he will be surrounded by in the shape of Martial, Rashford and Greenwood.

Last season, United were fifth in the Premier League for big chances missed with 52.

Cavani's track record suggests he can make a major impact on that area of weakness.

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