United’s transfer activity was under scrutiny at this point, as they prepared to come back empty-handed in their 10-week chase against main target Jadon Sancho and the idea of signing a 33-year-old. for nothing instead just did not cut it. for many.
Dig into the disappointment of the time and it was clear there was merit in signing Cavani, although it was a detour from United’s usual transfer strategy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United stressed at the time that they were convinced the ex-Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain man was staying hungry, rather than seeing it as another important payday in the Indian summer of his career, and they also wanted his leadership qualities and the impact he could have. on the club’s youngest forwards, such as Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Just over three months, no one doubts Cavani’s signing now. Three of his four goals for the club have been absolutely vital and he’s already turning into a patio hero.
What an education it must have been for Greenwood to play alongside the Uruguayan at Goodison Park. A striker early in his career and one towards the end of his streak brilliantly and the teenager can only benefit from working with a striker of Cavani’s stature.
But even the best forwards have a bad day in front of goal. What separates them from others is the ability to put every missed opportunity out of their minds.
Cavani did it in this Carabao Cup quarter-final. As United stormed out of blocks in Merseyside the odds were gone but he was denied by Robin Olsen on several occasions and those missed opportunities threatened to prove costly. United should have been out of sight, instead they were minutes away from a penalty shootout that Everton didn’t deserve.
Then Cavani picked up a pass from Martial, cut inside his left foot and scored a brilliant finish in the bottom 20-yard corner. United were in the number four semi-final under Solskjaer.
While Sancho would have been a dream signing for United, they also lack a striker like Cavani since Romelu Lukaku was sold to Inter Milan. It gives them a different point of reference in the center forward, allowing others to play against him, as Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes did at Goodison Park.
When Rashford and Martial arrived for the final quarter, it was another glimpse of what could be a deadly attacking trio for Solskjaer.
Nemanja Matic described Cavani as one of the best strikers in the world after the win and it’s hard to argue with that. United’s attacking options look devastating at the moment. If they can keep Cavani in shape, his impact could be seismic, especially when this team has somehow positioned themselves as potential challengers for the title. He’s a player who knows a thing or two about how to score goals for silverware hunting teams.
United supporters will be counting down the days until they are allowed to return to Old Trafford to worship their new matador as well. ‘Give it, give it, give it to Edi Cavani’ is already a hit on Twitter and hopefully it won’t be long before it resonates in the Stretford End as well.
Those doubts around his signing have been banished and he is already proving a wise addition, giving United what they need on and off the pitch.