Edinson Cavani has seriously impressed Manchester United staff during his first week of full training at Carrington and he is expected to offer Anthony Martial genuine competition this season.
The Uruguay international arrived at Old Trafford on transfer deadline day to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options and he made his Premier League debut against Chelsea off the bench on Saturday.
Cavani was a second half substitute in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford and nearly scored with his first touch as he darted across the front post and guided the ball narrowly beyond the post.
A block from former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Thiago Silva denied him a debut goal but there were encouraging signs on the pitch.
And he has made a very good impression at United’s training base, according to The Athletic.
Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen was left purring after Cavani’s first involvement in English football.
‘I love this guy’s movement, he’s my type of striker,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.
‘I’ve always said half a yard at the near post is better than two or three yards at the back post because invaribly the ball doesn’t get there. And if it does, defenders turn, spin and close you down.
‘The timing of his run, he’s on his toes, Thiago played alongside him at Paris Saint-Germain, he knows exactly how he does it, when he tries to time it, you could see that, talk about knowing your players, great defending.
‘Normally, against most defenders he might have got there in front, nicked it and he wouldn’t’ve have got a block in.
‘We only saw a brief cameo but I’ve seen him for years and years and always thought he’s one of the best movers in the game in terms of those little darting runs, he loves nipping in front of defenders.
‘I think he’s going to score a few. As long as United have pressure on the opponents. They get crosses in. He’s very much an 18-yard box type of striker that makes darting runs.’