sport news Will Man United's new signing Edinson Cavani be a golden oldie like Zlatan or ...

Two names immediately spring to mind with 's capture of Edinson Cavani. One is Zlatan Ibrahimovic, the other being Radamel Falcao.

One had a transformative impact during Jose Mourinho's first season. The other floundered, scoring only four goals in 30 games. There is certainly a sense of intrigue as to how close Cavani's time at Old Trafford veers towards either of them.

United hope, of course, he is more aligned to Ibrahimovic's first year at the club. An elder statesman, whose character dragged the team through games, pulled the youngsters with him. A focal point, a get-out ball, a lethal finisher.

Manchester United are hoping Edinson Cavani can have a similar impact to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

are hoping Edinson Cavani can have a similar impact to Zlatan Ibrahimovic

The Swedish striker had a transformative effect during his first season under Jose Mourinho

The Swedish striker had a transformative effect during his first season under Jose Mourinho

Radamel Falcao could only manage four goals in 30 games before his Old Trafford departure

Radamel Falcao could only manage four goals in 30 games before his Old Trafford departure

They may just get that, given Cavani's record over the past decade.

The Uruguayan has struck more than 30 goals in six of his last ten seasons, at Napoli and then Paris Saint-Germain. From Europe's big five leagues, only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have found the net more times than Cavani's haul of 250 since 2007, dating back to his formative years at Palermo.

But the 33-year-old arrived in the north west on Sunday as someone who fell away at PSG last term, spending much of it injured or on the bench and informed in June that his contract would not be renewed. 

Fearing injury could potentially curtail his next move, Cavani did not sign a short-term deal and was absent for the Champions League's crescendo in Lisbon. His last match came almost seven months ago, on March 11 when PSG beat Dortmund 2-0.  

The forward was told he did not have a future at PSG after spending most of last season injured

The forward was told he did not have a future at PSG after spending most of last season injured

But the Uruguayan has more than 30 goals in six of his last ten seasons in Italy and France

But the Uruguayan has more than 30 goals in six of his last ten seasons in and France

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