‘Cavani will be more important to Man Utd than people think’ – Poyet says ‘passionate’ Uruguayan will shine at Old Trafford


Veteran striker is about to make a big impact in the Premier League from a compatriot who has played for both Chelsea and Tottenham

Edinson Cavani “will be more important to Manchester United than you think,” according to Gus Poyet, who supported the Uruguayan “enthusiast” to shine at Old Trafford.

United caught Cavani on a free transfer on 5 October, beating the likes of Atletico Madrid and Benfica to the signing of a man who had been clubless since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer used the 33-year-old sparingly during his first two months in Manchester, but the veteran striker is now pushing for his first Premier League start after improving his fitness with some impressive cameo appearances.

The Uruguayan international came off the bench to score his first goal in the famous red jersey against Everton just before the national team break, with his signature final completing a 3-1 injury time win.

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Cavani scored his second place in as many games during his 3-0 World Cup qualifier win against Colombia on Friday and is hoping to extend his recent streak when United host West Brom next weekend.

Poyet thinks his countryman will end up playing a prominent role in Solskjaer’s side, with his belief that the former PSG star is perfect for English football.

“I think it will be more important to Manchester United than people think,” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder. The Daily Mail.

“Watch the last game at Everton. The result was in the balance, he came off the bench, a chance and a bang.

“English football is perfect for Uruguayans because we are passionate.

“Once we sign a contract, we forget about it because the only thing that matters is winning. The British fans love it.”

Poyet, who has won 26 caps for Uruguay over the course of his career, says Cavani’s contribution will increase as he gets used to United’s preferred style of play.

“He does an incredible amount of racing,” added the 52-year-old. “Maybe he has an incredible run and the ball is not played.

“The fitter he is, the more he understands United’s game, the more he will play.”


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