CL: 'Edinson Cavani can be massive,' says Man United's Marcus Rashford

Updated: 20 October, 2020 08:40 IST | AFP | London

Marcus Rashford hails inclusion of Uruguayan striker in Manchester Utd squad for tonight's PSG clash; insists new signee will help the Red Devils win many games

Marcus Rashford; (right) Man United's new recruit, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, during a training session in Manchester yesterday. Pics/AFP, Getty Images
Marcus Rashford; (right) Man United's new recruit, Uruguayan Edinson Cavani, during a training session in Manchester yesterday. Pics/AFP, Getty Images

Marcus Rashford insists Edinson Cavani will prove a valuable addition for Manchester United after the veteran Uruguay striker swapped life on the farm for the Old Trafford spotlight.

Cavani signed a two-year contract worth £210,000-per-week ($271,000) on transfer deadline day and could make his debut in United's opening Champions League group game against his former club Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday.

Cavani, 33, missed Saturday's 4-1 victory at Newcastle — United's first match since his signing — after going into quarantine for 14 days following his arrival in England. But Cavani is expected to be available to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad in time for an emotional trip to Paris.

While their free-scoring victory at Newcastle suggested United already have enough attacking talent, the truth is Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James are all still relatively raw, capable of excellence and head-scratching inconsistency in equal measure.

Rashford hopes Cavani can emulate the impact made by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined the club in 2016 having left PSG as a free agent. Ibrahimovic, who was also in his 30s during his time at Old Trafford, bagged four goals in his first five United appearances and finished with 28 in his debut season as his talismanic presence took the pressure off his team-mates. "As a forward line it is something to look forward to," Rashford told Sky Sports.

"Hopefully, he comes in and scores goals, because he can definitely help us win games and points. He can be a massive player for us this season. "To win two or three trophies in a season you need a squad, it's not possible if you don't have people who can score goals one week and the next week. "Growing up, United always had four or five forwards who could score goals at any time. The closer we get to that, the more strength we'll have."

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First Published: 20 October, 2020 08:22 IST

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