Deadline Day signing Edinson Cavani will not debut in Manchester United’s upcoming Premier League match against Newcastle on October 17 because he will have to go into quarantine.
However, the Uruguayan star will face his former club Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League group stage match three days later.
Cavani who is a free agent is not exempted from the 14-day quarantine which people arriving from France must adhere to under current coronavirus guidelines.
The 33-year-old is one of the four Deadline Day signings for United which include Alex Telles, Facundo Pellistri and Amad Diallo.
He signed a one-year contract with the option of a further 12 months, and will provide stiff competition for United’s current first-choice striker Anthony Martial.
“Clearly Edinson Cavani has the work-ethic, the hunger to be a success at Manchester United,” reported Sky Sports News’ James Cooper. “He’s been impressed by the project he’s been offered by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and in return Solskjaer has been impressed by Cavani.
“Solskjaer has said he will score goals. He won’t sit on the bench and he is someone who will deliver something they haven’t got with their other striking options.
“United are confident Cavani’s signing could have a similar effect to that of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who arrived in the summer of 2016 at the age of 34.
“They believe Cavani’s experience and credentials would encourage the development of Mason Greenwood while also providing support for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, as well as adding a different attacking component for Solskjaer.”
Cavani was PSG’s all-time record goalscorer with 200 goals in 301 games across all competitions, and the Uruguayan could now face them twice with United before Christmas in Group H.