Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has admitted he was skeptical about the club’s signing of Edinson Cavani.
The 33-year-old completed his move to Old Trafford on a free transfer on deadline day.
The veteran striker has proven himself to be a good addition to the team as he scored yet another vital goal as the club moved back to the top of the table following their 2-1 win over Fulham on Wednesday night.
Former United coach Meulensteen revealed he initially questioned how Cavani would settle in the Premier League given his age, but has backed the striker to make an impact after his impressive displays so far.
“I think he’s going to be a really, really important player for Manchester United and Ole is going to start to realise [that] more and more,” Meulensteen told Stadium Astro.
“Because of the experience that Cavani brings to the team, plus his out-and-out goalscoring qualities and he’s proven that many years before.
“I was also a bit hesitant when I knew that Man United were going to sign Cavani because of his age. In your 30s you then come to the premier league, there’s been plenty of examples that haven’t really set the world alight.
“But I’ve been so impressed with him. Every time he has come on he brings something to the team. He’s that out-and-out striker that United don’t really have.
“He’s very good in his link-up play, an energetic player for his age, always on the move, he runs, tracks back.
“What I think Ole will do is, and it’s not necessarily about giving him more and more starts, is managing him to use him as much as he can all the way through to the end of the season.”