MANCHESTER UNITED legend Diego Forlan believes Edinson Cavani can become the ‘new Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ at the club.
The Uruguayan has joined the Red Devils on a free transfer after he left Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.
Although now 33-years-old, Cavani has enjoyed a goal-laden career with 341 league goals in 556 games.
And Forlan, who became a United cult hero despite only being at the club between 2002 and 2004, believes the signing will work out well.
And the 41-year-old expects Cavani to have a similar impact at Old Trafford to that of Ibrahimovic.
The Swede signed for United on a one-year deal in 2016 which was then extended for a second season before leaving to join LA Galaxy in March, 2018.
Ibra, now playing for AC Milan at the age of 39, netted 29 times in all competitions for the Premier League giants.
Speaking to the South China Morning Post, Forlan said: “Edinson is still a great player. I’ve not seen any decline in him yet. I think he’s a top signing for United, just like Zlatan was.
“He’s that type of player. He’ll lead by example, by how he trains and how he plays. He’ll be a positive influence for the young players.
“He’s a winner who has won lots of trophies, a goalscorer who has scored wherever he has been, he assists too.
“He’s strong and his physique will be fine for English football. He’s quick, he’s highly motivated.”
Cavani will have to wait a little longer before he can make his Red Devils debut.
The striker, believed to be earning around £200,000-a-week has had to self isolate for two weeks following his move to England.
This has ruled him out of this weekend’s showdown against Newcastle.
The 116-cap Uruguay international is in line to make his United debut against his old club PSG.
United face the French giants in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The striker will be available as he will be out of self-isolation by then.
It is likely that he will start on the bench, but he could make a late appearance.