Cavani to embrace responsibility of being Man Utd number seven

Edinson Cavani is determined to be held in “high regard” after playing in the famous number seven shirt at Man Utd.

Cavani signed a 12-month deal, with the option to extend for a further year, at United on Monday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Man Utd fans will be desperate for the Uruguay international to hit the ground running to help the club quickly move on from their horror show against Spurs.

Cavani has scored 341 goals in 556 matches since moving to Europe in 2007 for Palermo, Napoli and PSG, for whom he scored a club-record 200 goals in 301 appearances.

Club legends Eric Cantona, Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham have previously worn the number seven shirt and Cavani is happy to be wearing that number this season.

Speaking of following in the footsteps of previous number sevens, Cavani told Manchester United’s official website: “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.

“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.”

On the various other offers he received, Cavani added: “Yes, we did have a lot of different options, [even] at a time when things aren’t so easy, neither in sport nor in the world in general.

“I was very attracted by the chance to play in English football, and what’s more, for Manchester United, so that was a really big attraction for me, and a huge motivation too, because I feel that I still have a big desire to compete, to work hard and to give the best of myself.

“Let’s hope that I can be up to the task and can represent this club, and along with everyone, help take it to the top.”