Edinson Cavani’s goalscoring hit the headlines on Sunday in the 3-2 comeback win at Southampton.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also keen to highlight his workrate and running.
Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of the visit of PSG tomorrow, which was streamed on the club’s official app at 1pm, Solskhaer said Cavani is leading the Premier League in terms of his running stats.
Cavani is 33, but showing no signs of slowing down and his professionalism is hugely impressive.
“I always look at players’ ability to play even if you don’t have a perfect day,” said Solskjaer.
“We know he’s got talent and I could have spoken about his predatory instincts as a striker but what I noticed what his ability to be a team player, which we’ve already seen here with his work rate.
“He’s at the top of the tree if you look at the running stats for strikers in the Premier League. He’s 33 years of age, so that says everything about his mentality. He is so professional.”
Cavani is not the age profile of signing many might have expected or wanted going into the summer but his attitude is first class.
United have been beset by inconsistency for years now, and the presence of a player who knows what it’s like to be at the top – and stay there – could be so valuable.
Cavani isn’t slowing down and Solskjaer claims he is running as much as anybody in the division.
He will likely have a point to prove tomorrow, against the club who let him leave this summer and given the off-field talk around at the moment.
But Solskjaer feels he’s signed a player who sets standards for the club – and in the league as a whole.
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