Edinson Cavani will not make his Manchester United debut against Newcastle as he continues to self-isolate due to coronavirus guidelines.
The Uruguay international signed a two-year deal on transfer deadline day to move to Old Trafford after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.
His debut could intriguingly come against his former club – who are United’s first opponents in this year’s Champions League.
But Saturday night’s league fixture with Newcastle will come too soon for the 33-year-old.
‘Cavani is being forced to self-isolate due to the Covid-19 guidelines, following his arrival into the country from France, which means he is unable to make his debut at St James’ Park,’ a statement from the club read.
‘The Uruguay international will be free to play against his former club Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, though, if deemed fit and ready for action.’
Cavani banged in 200 goals during his seven-year stint at PSG but his arrival has not been welcomed by everyone associated with the club.
Club legend Paul Scholes described the deal as ‘very strange’.
Asked what sort of season he expects Cavani to have, he told Stadium Astro: ‘Well, we’ll have to wait and see won’t we.
‘Obviously in his day, he’s been a top quality centre-forward. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He’s not played a lot of football for PSG last season.
‘But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.
‘If you’re struggling without a centre-forward it should be a two or three month loan signing just to get through a sticky period.
‘Similar to what Henrik Larsson did. A brilliant centre-forward, 33, 34 years of age, he just filled a little gap for us, which was exactly what we needed.
‘I see Cavani as that kind of person, not at 33 coming to sign a two-year contract. I find it very strange.
‘But he won’t, he’ll be loving it. I’m sure he will.’