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Rio Ferdinand reveals who convinced Cavani to join Man United

Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinand, has claimed to have played a minor role in Edison Cavani’s switch to the Red Devils.

Ferdinand explained that he was one of the people that reached out to Cavani to lure him to join Man United.

Cavani joined Man United on Monday night (transfer deadline day) as a free agent after ending his seven-year spell with Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

The 33-year-old signed a one-year contract with an option for a further year.

Cavani was one of the five players to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer, with Donny van de Beek, Alex Telles, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellistri also completing moves to the Premier League giants.

Reacting to the development, Ferdinand said on his FIVE YouTube channel:

“It’s mad because I reached out to Cavani on social media in January.

“I used to do it as a player. I would get hold of players and ask, “would you come to Manchester United?” Because I am a fan! I message players all the time.

“Listen, Cavani was flattered that someone connected to the club was saying that. I thought he would jump at the chance [to join] and that’s what has happened.

“I highlighted Cavani as a player to buy during the last transfer window because we have got three supremely talented young strikers who need help,” Ferdinand added.

“They are going to need assistance. Martial is a prime example because he’s going to be suspended now (after his red card against Tottenham) and we need someone to step in.

“The way Cavani plays, the way he applies himself, the way he trains, his experience, what he could teach the likes of Mason Greenwood.

“He’s scored so many goals and won multiple trophies. For Greenwood to watch him on a daily basis, he will benefit the most.”

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