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‘He lives for goals’ – PSG boss Tuchel heaps praise on Man United striker Cavani ahead of UCL clash

Thomas Tuchel has heaped praise on Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani ahead of the forward’s return to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League tomorrow evening.

Cavani could make his Manchester United debut against his former club when they travel to face last season’s runners-up in their group stage opener, the forward having moved to the Premier League following the expiry of his contract in the French capital.

The Uruguay international won six league titles and established himself as PSG’s all-time record goalscorer during a hugely successful seven-year spell with the Parisian outfit, who will be well aware of the threat the veteran poses should he feature at the Parc des Princes.

Cavani has begun training with his new side but it remains to be seen whether he is handed an opportunity against his former employers, though PSG boss Tuchel was full of praise for the 33-year-old ahead of a potential return and described the forward as ‘one of the best number nines in world football’.

“He has a great personality, very polite, a bit shy and a hard worker,” Tuchel told his pre-match press conference.

“He will be there every training first minute until last, every game first minute to last. You can rely on him.

“He lives for goals and scoring and is one of the best number nines in world football.

“If you play for so long at a club like ours and have a connection with fans you must have a great personality.

“Hopefully he will show that from Wednesday on to convince all of you. Tomorrow it is not necessary to prove me right.”

Cavani trained with his new teammates for the first time on Sunday and will be in competition with Anthony Martial for a starting spot in attack, the Frenchman available for selection after missing the weekend win at Newcastle through suspension.

United were also handed a boost with the return of Axel Tuanzebe to first-team training this week with the defender having not featured since December due to foot surgery, whilst Marcos Rojo has been introduced back into first-team training after failing to secure a summer move away from Old Trafford.

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