Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has hailed the impact of Edinson Cavani last season.

Cavani only came in on transfer deadline day but it swiftly became clear that United played better with him leading the line.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the experienced frontman several times last season and now Phelan has had his say.

In an interview with Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel, Phelan claimed that the Uruguayan had been a ‘breath of fresh air’.

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“He didn’t surprise me how good he was because previously he’d been playing in European football with a top, top club,” said Phelan. “He had all the ingredients to come to Manchester United.

“What we wanted from him was that experience, that determination and winning mentality. To bring him on board was a no-brainer. What we had to get over to him was ‘do you want to go again?’

 

“‘Do you want to step into that arena, be really challenged again?’ He was fantastic. His English wasn’t the best but he talked football. The manager sold it to him and he’s been a breath of fresh air.

“He’s shown everybody that work ethic is massive and you get your rewards out of it, which is scoring goals.

Cavani is currently not in training with United, having been granted an extended break after the Copa America.

But his pre-season preparations should be better than they were last season.

He didn’t get any time to acclimatise to working with his new teammates and he arrived with an injury.

With more of a pre-season behind him, Cavani should be ready to hit the ground running and that should mean more goals for United.

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