Edinson Cavani is not in the Premier League just to take part. He is here to win.

The Uruguayan striker netted twice after coming on at half-time to inspire United to a 3-2 win against Southampton, having earlier provided an assist for Bruno Fernandes.

Add this brace to the goal he scored away at Everton and Cavani is up to three league goals already, without even starting a game.

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Incredibly this is the same tally as Alexis Sanchez managed in the Premier League for Manchester United.

Sanchez played in 32 league games for United and went down as one of United’s most disappointing signings of all time, before he was finally moved on this summer.

Sanchez did score two other goals in cup competitions, to his credit. But that was as far as his contribution went.

Cavani’s performance against Southampton was everything Sanchez lacked during his stint at Old Trafford.

United have not had much luck with South Americans, with Radael Falcao a player Cavani was compared to before the move went through.

Falcao scored a total of just four league goals for United. It just didn’t click for him or Sanchez at Old Trafford.


Cavani is different. You can see it already. He fights for every ball, believes in himself, and plays for the team. He already has total respect from his teammates and looks to be a great fit.

He has only had five shots so far in the Premier League and he has scored from three of them.

Cavani is averaging a goal in every 43 minutes of his league action this season.

It’s an outrageous return which he can’t possibly keep up, but it shows just how lethal he is, and what a strong connection he has already forged with his United teammates to get into good goalscoring positions.

This early on it is impossible to put a cap on how many goals Cavani could score this season. He has won over his doubters.

The next step is a crunch date with his former club PSG at Old Trafford this week.

Letting him leave already looks like a big mistake on their part and United are reaping the benefits of that decision.

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