Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has praised the impact that Edinson Cavani has had on fellow Red Devils’ forward Mason Greenwood in his time at the club. The Uruguayan extended his contract at Old Trafford this week and is now set to stay until 2022.
At just 19 years of age, Greenwood is of course still raw despite possessing a huge amount of experience.
The presence of Cavani at the club though has been a huge benefit to the United youngster according to Ferdinand.
Talking ahead of the Red Devils’ clash with Leicester on BT Sport, he said: “I think he’s [Greenwood] benefitted more than anybody in this team with Cavani being here.”
“That experience, that game-management, that winning mentality, that day-to-day intensity is rubbing off magnificently on this kid.
“I hear that he’s taken to him as well. He seems to be the kid that wants to be a sponge. I’ve seen little details throughout the season of him improving, and improving, and improving – and that’s the sign of an intelligent young man.”
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He looked set to leave the club at the end of the season following the expiry of his contract.
A move to Boca Juniors was previously mooted but the veteran elected to stay in Manchester, extending his deal by a further year.
Upon confirmation of his new deal, Cavani said: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents.
“I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.
“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager.
“As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.
“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.
“I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”