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Premier League: New United front man Edinson Cavani to miss Matchday 5

Edinson Cavani will miss featuring for his new club Manchester United when they face Newcastle in their next Premier League game due to the UK’s quarantine rules but will be available to face former side Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

Cavani, who arrived on deadline day on a free transfer to Manchester United, will still be self-isolating when the club travels to Newcastle on 17 October.

The new Man United’s number 7 could, however, feature against PSG – his former club – in Paris three days later.

The only issue with that would be the fact that the 33-year-old may not be deemed fit as he is unable to train with his new team-mates until the quarantine is over.

Under current coronavirus guidelines in England, Edinson Cavani who has been a free agent, which means he hasn’t been part of an elite sport ‘bubble’ recently that would have exempted him from the 14-day quarantine required for people arriving from France, would have to undergo the quarantine process.

He was one of four deadline day signings for United as the club also completed deals for Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo.

Cavani would be a United player till the end of the current campaign after signing a one-year deal with the option of a further 12 months. He is expected to provide stiff competition for United’s current first-choice striker, Anthony Martial.

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“Clearly Edinson Cavani has the work-ethic, the hunger to be a success at Manchester United,” says James Cooper, a Sky Sports analyst.

He continues: “He’s been impressed by the project he’s been offered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and in return, Solskjaer has been impressed by Cavani.

“Solskjaer has said he will score goals. He won’t sit on the bench and he is someone who will deliver something they haven’t got with their other striking options.

“United are confident Cavani’s signing could have a similar effect to that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived in the summer of 2016 at the age of 34.

“They believe Cavani’s experience and credentials would encourage the development of Mason Greenwood while also providing support for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as adding a different attacking component for Solskjaer.”

Cavani during his time in France scored 200 goals in 301 games across all competitions to become PSG’s all-time record goalscorer and the Uruguayan could now face them twice with United before Christmas in Group H.


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