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Man Utd hand Edinson Cavani iconic shirt number after transfer

Manchester United have confirmed Edinson Cavani will wear the iconic No.7 shirt for the club.

Cavani has been snapped up on a free transfer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain and put pen to paper on a two-year deal with the Red Devils.

He was unveiled as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s latest attacking option on deadline day.

And the club have now confirmed he has been handed the historic shirt previously worn by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The shirt number has been vacant since the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan after his miserable spell at Old Trafford.

But the club will hope Cavani proves a much bigger hit than recent No.7s, who also include Memphis Depay, Angel Di Maria and Michael Owen.

Speaking after confirming the signing of Cavani, manager Solskjaer said: “Edinson is an experienced ultimate professional who always gives everything for his team. His goalscoring record for club and country is fantastic and we are delighted to sign a player of his calibre.

“He’ll bring energy, power, leadership and a great mentality to the squad but, most importantly, he’ll bring goals. He has had a brilliant career so far, winning trophies at almost every club he has played for, and he still has so much more to give at the highest level.

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“The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward.

“Edinson knows exactly what it takes to succeed and we are all looking forward to seeing him make an impact at Manchester United.”

Cavani added: Edinson Cavani said: “Manchester United is one of the greatest clubs in the world, so it is a real honour to be here. I’ve worked really hard during the time off and I feel eager to compete and represent this incredible club.

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“I have played in front of some of the most passionate supporters in football during my career and I know that it will be the same in Manchester. I cannot wait to experience the Old Trafford atmosphere, when it is safe for the fans to return.

“I look forward to continuing to write my little story inside the book of football and I know that’s why my focus has to remain the same as always – work, work, work. I have had a conversation with the manager and this has increased my desire to wear this beautiful shirt.”

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