Edinson Cavani wasn’t signed just to score goals for Manchester United, according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Uruguay striker has his the ground running since arriving at Old Trafford in October, bagging four goals in 12 Premier League games to highlight his attacking prowess.
But Solskjaer is confident that Cavani can also help young striker Mason Greenwood regain the form which saw him burst onto the scene as English football’s hottest prospect last season.
Greenwood is showing signs again of the levels he reached during an outstanding breakthrough campaign – and there is an expectation that he can learn from United’s experienced signing.
“We think Mason is going be very important in the second half of the season,” said Solskjaer, who was speaking in the build-up to their clash with Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
“But it’s not just going happen by itself because you played a good game and scored. He scored against West Ham a while back as well and you expected him to kick on.
“I think Mason has taken steps, he’s grown, he’s more mature and he’s been training with Edinson Cavani for half a season.
“He’s learning good habits and whoever doesn’t learn from a professional like him or Bruno (Fernandes) or the players we’ve brought in, that’s a pity.
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“I’m very confident that Mason will chip in with good performances, goals and assists.”
Indeed, Solskjaer will be hoping for a repeat of Marcus Rashford’s link-up with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who proved an influential figure during his 2016-18 spell with United.
Rashford, speaking in 2017, said: “You will see the benefits in years to come. What I have learnt from him is irreplaceable.”
The England striker has certainly kicked on since Ibrahimovic’s spell, becoming one of the first names on the team sheet for both club and country.
He has delivered in front of goal too, following up on his best-ever top-flight tally of 17 goals last season with seven strikes this term.
And Solskjaer – with the help of Cavani – will be hoping Greenwood follows his path.