Bruno Fernandes says he’s not been surprised by Edinson Cavani’s immediate impact at Manchester United, with the striker considered to be the kind of player that “smells the goal”.

United brought in a man who had scored 341 goals in 556 matches across his club career on a free transfer in October, beating the likes of Atletico Madrid and Benfica to his signature.

Cavani scored 200 of those goals at Paris Saint-Germain, becoming their all-time top scorer in the process, but he left the French champions at the end of his contract in June.

The 33-year-old struggled with persistent injuries towards the end of his time at Parc des Princes, which is why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to bring him onto the Red Devils’ books raised a few eyebrows initially.

However, the Uruguayan has quickly laid any doubts over his fitness and sharpness in the box to rest, adding a new dimension to United’s attack despite only one of his eight appearances to date coming as a starter.

Cavani was introduced as a second-half substitute when United were 2-0 down at Southampton on Sunday, but he provided an assist for Fernandes to reduce the deficit before heading in two late goals to give the visitors an unlikely victory.

Fernandes says only a player with the ex- PSG star’s instincts in the final third could have scored such an impressive brace , and he is expecting his contribution to increase with each passing game. Continue reading

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