Edinson Cavani has vowed to do justice to Manchester United’s famous No.7 shirt and all the legends who have worn it before him.
Cavani, a free deadline day signing for United, has been handed the iconic shirt number, worn by the likes of George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The 33-year-old Uruguay striker, who is likely to make his United debut against former club Paris St Germain in the Champions League on October 20, is relishing the chance to prove himself worthy of the shirt.
“It’s a great number, I got to wear it with the national team as well,” said Cavani. “But I honestly believe that the number you wear is more of an off-the-field thing. That’s where it counts for more.
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“I know that once you’re out on the pitch, the number you have on your shirt has no influence.
“But when you get the chance to pull on the no.7 shirt at Manchester United, which has been worn by some top, top players who have been legends here in this country and at this club, it really is a nice responsibility to have.
“I enjoy challenges and I hope that I can do it great justice and leave it in as high regard as the many great players who have worn this shirt before me.
“It’s a fantastic challenge, and an exciting responsibility too, which I’m accepting with the best will in the world, and I’ll be working really hard to perform at my very best so I can leave that number, that shirt, just how it was left by those players.
“I feel very happy to have come to this club. I feel very motivated and I’m really keen to get started training with my team-mates.
“But the best thing about it is that the club have shown their confidence in me by wanting to bring me in. I was really keen to come here. I’m very motivated by the idea of joining this great club.
“I cannot wait to be able to start to feel what it’s like to play in the Premier League. I’ve been lucky enough to have played against a lot of English sides, but now it’s my turn to experience playing and competing every weekend and in every match in the English Premier League.”
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