Edinson Cavani tipped to emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic impact


Edinson Cavani tipped to emulate Zlatan Ibrahimovic impact

Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has tipped Edinson Cavani to have the same sort of impact at Manchester United as Zlatan Ibrahimovic did during the 2016/17 season.


The Uruguayan forward, who is now 33, is set to complete a free transfer to United on deadline day after he was released by PSG earlier on this summer.


Ibrahimovic made a similar move in 2016 at the age of 34, and he had a remarkable impact during his 20-month spell at the club, scoring 29 goals in 53 appearances.


Speaking on Cavani, Cole said on talkSPORT that "He's 33, he's won trophies, big trophies, he'll go there and I think he'll really look forward to playing for Manchester United."


He added that "Hopefully he'll work out like a Zlatan. Zlatan was unbelievable, not just around the place but as a person. I spent a bit of time with him, what a funny guy he is. He always believes in himself but also tries to bring the rest of the team on as well."


"If you look at Cavani's record, he's an individual who will get the little tap-ins, he can pick the ball up and take on a couple of players and put it in the top bin. He has those qualities."


He concluded by saying that "If you watch him over his career, wherever he has gone - I watched him numerous times at PSG - some of the goals he gets are really good quality striker goals, and that's what Manchester United need."


United are looking to add Cavani to their strike force, after the Uruguayan's attempts to go to Benfica and Atletico Madrid did not materialise, thus leaving the striker on the market on deadline day.


Cavani may not be the priority for United, but given his incredible goalscoring record, he could prove to be a very astute signing, especially on a free.


The 33-year-old is PSG's all-time top scorer with 200 goals in 301 appearances in all competitions throughout his time at the club.


Last season, he was on the fringes of the squad, playing just 22 games in all competitions and scoring seven goals and providing three assists.