Edinson: What I learnt about Marcus
In an exclusive interview with Inside United, Edinson Cavani shared his view on Marcus Rashford's penalty in Paris and the culture at Manchester United.
Our Uruguayan centre-forward has established himself in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first-team squad since his arrival in October.
In 25 United appearances so far, Cavani has found the back of the net seven times and set up two goals.
Ahead of our fixture with Leicester City in the Emirates FA Cup, the 34 year-old conducted an exclusive interview with Inside United, and revealed what he thinks must be done for the Reds to win silverware this season.
He also relives one of the finest moments in our recent history, our 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain in 2019 to send us through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Cavani, of course, was on the opposite side then, sat on the PSG bench as Marcus Rashford sent the Reds through with a confidently taken penalty in injury time, impressing his future team-mate.
"Well, I had to watch that moment from the sideline as I was on the bench at the time when Marcus Rashford took that penalty in the Parc des Princes," he said.
"Those are the kind of moments that you have to use in the future to become even stronger and to grow as a player. To feel that there’s nothing better when you can feel the competitive spirit inside you, the desire to perform at your best. I believe that those big moments, those special occasions, are the ones that leave their mark on you and enable you to grow. It’s a demonstration of character."
Now he's been in the squad for almost six full months. In what has been an illustrious career full of trophies and accolades, Cavani knows a thing or two about winning and creating a culture for success. Our centre-forward believes United are on the right track, going into the final months of the season.
"United have a lot of good players at the club and players with a lot of experience too," he told Inside United.
"Guys who have won titles and have experienced big moments like that. They have benefited from sharing dressing rooms with great footballers and with great squads and teams. So, I believe that they know perfectly well what winning titles is all about.
"For sure, you always get times when sides are rebuilt and strengthened for the future as you start to see a new generation of young players coming through. Then work begins on building a new squad and a team, and on the basis of this, you are able to grow and improve."
The hard-working front-man says there is no short-cut to success, which is evident in the non-stop effort our no. 7 puts in when he plays.
"I think that your winning mentality always comes from the work you put in on a day-to-day basis," Cavani, who is fighting to regain full fitness, said.
"Wanting to surpass yourself every day, wanting to prepare yourself to face up to difficult situations and when things get tough. I think that these are things that you can work on."
The Reds are second in the Premier League table, through to the quarter-finals of the Europa League following our win against AC Milan, and are facing Brendan Rodgers's Foxes at the King Power Stadium for a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup. The striker thinks trophies are within reach this campaign.
"If we’re all convinced that we can achieve what we want to, with the right amount of concentration and the determination that we need to have, we can do it. That’s why I say it depends on us, it depends on how much we want to succeed.”