Cavani must hit ground running says Gigg who warns of South American flops at Man Utd after Sanchez and Falcao disasters

RYAN GIGGS has warned Edinson Cavani he will have to hit the ground running to be a Manchester United smash hit.

The Uruguay striker, 33, is set to move to Old Trafford in the next 24 hours on a free transfer by signing a two-year contract worth £200,000-a-week.


But United legend Giggs says Cavani, who was released by Paris Saint-Germain in June, will have little time to get up to speed for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men.

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Giggs said: "Cavani will have no problem with the size of the club. It goes without saying he's a world star. I think he has the experience to handle that.

"Eyes will be on him straight away and if he does come then he will have to hit the ground running because the pressure will be on.

"I think United need a centre-forward. They needed that target man to look at, score the goals and make the difference. Hopefully he can do that."

Cavani netted 200 goals to become PSG's leading goal scorer.

Giggs knows first-hand the star quality the striker has after facing him at the 2018 China Cup as Wales boss.

But the 46-year-old hopes Cavani does not end up like United's previous three South Americans – Radamel Falcao, Angel di Maria and Alexis Sanchez – who were all flops.

Giggs told Talksport: "My second game was against Uruguay and Cavani scored. I was really impressed with him, his work-rate and his quality. It's just how quickly he beds in.

"We have had South Americans who haven't really come and done it. Falcao, di Maria, Sanchez, Cavani with his work-rate you would expect him to make an impact."


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