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Edinson Cavani set for "strange and awkward" Man Utd debut

French champions Paris Saint-Germain are expecting an "awkward" reunion with Edinson Cavani when they play Manchester United later this month, it has been claimed.

The Uruguay international left the Parc des Princes in the summer following the expiration of his contract.

Cavani, 33, has since been picked up by United, who have acquired his services on a one-year deal, though they do have the option to extend it by a further year.

Coincidentally, the Red Devils have been drawn in the same Champions League group as Cavani's former employers.

Cavani and his new team-mates will take on the Ligue 1 giants on October 20 at the Parc des Princes, where the former Napoli hitman will be eager to leave his mark.

The fixture is likely to be Cavani's first for his new side as he's currently self-isolating after testing positive for COVID-19.

Cavani endured a torrid time in his final season in the French capital, making a meagre seven starts in the league and being plagued by calf and groin injuries.

Before the expiration of his contract, PSG made it clear they deemed him to be surplus to requirements by signing Argentina hitman Mauro Icardi to a permanent deal.

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PSG are said to be expecting a less than friendly encounter with their former striker, with a source tellingThe Athletic: "It will be strange and awkward for us to see him again but less so without the fans and Ultras in the stadium.

"I am sure he will be determined to prove Thomas Tuchel wrong a little bit, too. He has good memories of the club, I am sure."

United's acquisition of Cavani – whom they signed on deadline day – has been branded a "panic buy" by many.

Former Red Devil Dimitar Berbatov disagrees with that notion and reckons the Uruguayan can be a success at Old Trafford, telling Betfair: "I am a huge fan of Cavani, however, he brings lots of goals and plenty of experience, and that can only be a benefit.

"It's a fair question to ask why maybe United didn't sign him sooner, but probably they were working at something else that fell through, and he was a brilliant alternative."

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