Edinson Cavani is a “world star” who can handle the expectations that come with playing for Manchester United, according to club icon Ryan Giggs.
United are expected to sign the 33-year-old, who has been without a club since leaving Paris Saint-Germain, after growing frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho.
Cavani spent seven years at the Parc des Princes and departed as the club’s all-time leading scorer with 200 goals.
He was also prolific in his three seasons with Napoli in Serie A but some have questioned the deal due to the striker’s age, as well as United’s list of recent South American flops.
However, Giggs – United’s most decorated player – has backed the Uruguayan to succeed at Old Trafford, should a deal be completed.
“It goes without saying that he’s a world star,” Wales boss Giggs said at a news conference.
“My second game [as Wales manager] was against Uruguay and Cavani scored and I was really impressed with his work rate and quality.
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“It’s about how quickly he beds in. We have seen South Americans who haven’t really come and done it like [Radamel] Falcao, [Angel] Di Maria and [Alexis] Sanchez.
“But Cavani, with his work rate, you expect him to make it.”
United have been in the market for a new player to supplement a frontline that already includes Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.
And in Cavani, Giggs believes his former side are signing the right type of player to spearhead their attack.
“I think United needed a centre-forward, needed that target man to score the goals and make that difference. Hopefully he can do that,” Giggs said.
“I think he will have no problem with the size of the club. He’s got the experience to handle that.
“But eyes will be on him straight away and if he does come, he’ll have to hit the ground running because the pressure will be on.”