The two roles Cavani is being asked to fulfil
Manchester United’s striking department is receiving the perfect education from Edinson Cavani.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer landed a first-rate learning tool as well as a top-class hitman, when he signed the free agent last October on a one-year deal, with the option to extend for a further year.
The 33-year-old Uruguayan could be seen chatting to 19-year-old Mason Greenwood during the Reds' 3-2 Emirates FA Cup fourth-round win against Liverpool. Greenwood scored United’s first brilliantly and collected an assist by laying on Marcus Rashford’s goal.
And during the battle with the Merseysiders, Cavani had time for a word in Mason’s ear a time or two to pass on some tips and advice.
The South American’s European pedigree is breathtaking with over 330 club goals from more than 500 appearances, spread across 14 years with Palermo and Napoli in Serie A in Italy, Paris Saint-Germain in France’s Ligue1 and now United.
He has three World Cup campaigns on his CV and 118 caps for Uruguay, plus 51 goals for his country.
It is a deep well of knowledge that Solskjaer wants the younger element of his forward unit to tap into.
“They have to learn off his movement, you have to learn off his attitude, his desire to win.
“He’s one of the most hard-working centre-forwards but he is also one of the cleverest, his movements inside the box are very good. You see his header towards the end. There is loads they can learn off him.
“They’ve got to learn from him. Look at his fitness, he’s 34 next month, and the way he has looked after himself.
“When you bring in older and more experienced players, it’s also to help the rest of them, it is not just for him to come in and do his job.
“He knows he has a job or a responsibility to be a role model and I asked him to [do that].”