The vastly experienced Uruguay international was released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season and received a number of lucrative offers from Europe’s heavyweight clubs.
After assessing his options, the 33-year-old decided he could no resist the temptation to test himself in the Premier League and signed a two-year deal worth £200,000-a-week on Monday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has the luxury of being able to choose from three of the most exciting young forwards in Europe with the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood all at his disposal.
The nous and goalscoring instincts of Cavani will hand Solskjaer a different option, however. Van Persie, whose goals inspired United to their most recent league title seven years ago, had been championing the signing of the former Napoli forward as far back as February, while Ferdinand also revealed he had contacted the player in an effort to sound him out.
Responding to Van Persie’s recommendation, Cavani told United’s official website: ‘These are the kind of pleasant things that football can give you.
‘When a players of that ilk and players of that quality within the game, give you a… how can I put it, make a comment, or express their opinion about me and speak in those terms.
‘These are the nice things that come out of football, that you take on board, and they are useful to you as motivation for what lies ahead.’