Edinson Cavani insists he won’t be daunted by the pressure that accompanies his decision to accept the responsibility of wearing Manchester United’s iconic No.7 shirt.
The Uruguay international moved to Old Trafford on transfer deadline having been released by Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.
Although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had other priorities to address in the market, the Norwegian was conscious of the need to add an experienced central striker to his squad to ease the burden on the likes of Anthony Martial.
Cavani, 33, has cemented his reputation as one of European football’s most lethal forwards over the course of the last decade and will provide Solskjaer with a different option at the sharp end of the pitch once the former Napoli star is up to full speed.
United’s No.7 has been warn by some of the most illustrious players in the club’s history, including the likes of Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Cavani is sure he will do the shirt justice.
He told United’s official website: ‘It’s a great number, I got to wear it with the national team as well. But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more of an off-the-field thing.
‘That’s where it counts for more. I know that once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.
‘But when you get the chance to pull on the no.7 shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by some top, top players who have been legends here in this country and at this club, it really is a nice responsibility to have.
‘I enjoy challenges and, as I said to you, I hope that I can do it great justice and leave it in as high regard as the many great players who have worn this shirt before me.
‘It’s a fantastic challenge, and an exciting responsibility too, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world, and like I said, I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by those players you just mentioned.’
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