Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani is one of the most experienced strikers in the game. And that could also make him the perfect teacher for a youngster with the world at his feet.
Mason Greenwood’s ability on the ball is undeniable. As adept on his left as his right, he bamboozles defenders and almost invariably finds the target.
But something is missing from his game. Something that Cavani could teach him when the duo link up at Old Trafford.
As Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently told United’s official website, for Greenwood to be a number nine, “He needs to learn how to head the ball.”
It is a hard skill to learn effectively but Cavani could be the ideal mentor.
After all, few have the aerial prowess of the Uruguayan star, who regularly gets on the score sheet from crosses and set-pieces.
Alex Telles’s arrival should help in that regard, while Bruno Fernandes and Donny van de Beek are experts from a dead-ball. With more opportunities coming from crosses, Greenwood could soon have the ideal chance to impress.
Solskjaer knows what it takes to be a deadly striker and United benefited for years. Now it is his job to turn Greenwood from a wonderful wide forward into an out-and-out front man.
With Cavani’s help both on the training field and on game-day, the United teenager could reach the very top.
Master and apprentice
Greenwood is still only 19 and has years before he reaches his peak.
When you consider he already has 18 goals for the first-team, the sky really is the limit for the most exciting youngster United have had since Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cavani has been signed to ease the burden on Greenwood and his fellow young forwards. But he can be just as important behind the scenes.
Teaching Greenwood how to attack the ball in the air and boss opposing defenders could turn United’s teenage sensation into one of the best strikers on the planet.