Ryan Giggs has backed Edinson Cavani to make a positive impact at Manchester United following his arrival in the Premier League this summer.
Cavani was the marquee addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on a busy final day of the transfer window, arriving on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the expiry of his contract earlier this year.
The Uruguay international moves to Old Trafford with a huge reputation and departed the Parisian-outfit as their all-time record goalscorer, with only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo having scored more goals in Europe’s top five leagues since Cavani’s debut.
He signs following an injury-fit final season in France that delivered just four league goals, however, with Solskjaer suggesting the summer signing will be eased into action.
Giggs believes the 33-year-old forward can still make a huge impact in English football despite entering the latter stages of his career, describing Cavani as a ‘real handful’ and insisting he can provide the attacking focal point United have lacked.
“I faced Cavani in my second game for Wales and he was better than Luis Suarez in the game. I didn’t think he was that good,” the Wales boss told the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel.
“He was a real handful. He hasn’t played for a long time so he might be a little bit rusty. But what you’re getting; you’re getting a centre forward which I think a lot of fans have been crying out for.
“A proper centre forward who can lead the line. We have Marcus [Rashford], Martial who is half a winger, half a centre-forward. Cavani is a forward, a target man.
“He’s got the experience. I’m hoping, just like Bruno has, he will make the players around him even better.”