Edinson Cavani has been a revelation throughout his time at Manchester United to date.
He could also be 34, however supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was eager to tie him down for an additional 12 months and one in every of his teamamtes instructed talkSPORT why his new contract is nice information all spherical.
There have been huge query marks surrounding his arrival on a free switch from Paris Saint-Germain final October, regardless of departing the French giants as their all-time high objective scorer.
Nevertheless, the veteran striker has proved these doubters mistaken with 15 objectives and 4 assists in 35 appearances in a Purple Devils shirt.
Cavani’s age, and the packed fixture schedule in England and Europe this season, means Solskjaer has not been in a position to begin him as typically as he would have preferred.
He leads by instance, not solely together with his performances on the sector but additionally together with his devotion to his craft, his consideration to element off the pitch and the way in which he retains his physique in high situation to place in shows that belie his age.
“That’s one of many small components about why he’s so good,” United goalkeeper Lee Grant instructed Tuesday’s talkSPORT Breakfast.
“We speak about how skilled he’s. What that appears like every day is anyone that’s so meticulous in his routine.
“That’s all the way in which all the way down to how he stretches his physique, how he prepares himself for coaching, how he warms down, his gymnasium routines, how he takes himself to the gymnasium after coaching, all of that’s completely high notch.
“Once I hear the gaffer and different gamers speaking about how good he’s, how a lot of a frontrunner he’s, what a terrific function mannequin he’s to our youthful gamers… that’s what they’re speaking about.”
He has been likened to a ‘Greek God’, with no fats and pure muscle.
“His physique fats share is astonishing,” one supply instructed The Athletic. “He’s match and intense, and superb within the air. He runs like a maniac.”
Regardless of getting on in age, in soccer phrases anyway, Cavani is arguably one of many fittest gamers on the membership as a result of approach he takes care of his physique.
Throughout his time as a free agent final summer time, he practised ballet on the Nationwide Ballet Faculty in his homeland of Uruguay – he actually does all the pieces!
Grant believes the way in which Cavani conducts himself on and off the pitch can be invaluable for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial – younger gamers with the world nonetheless at their ft in Manchester.
The goalkeeper stated: “He can’t fail to have a robust affect on these guys as a result of the issues he’s doing every day are unbelievable. He’s firstclass.
“I’d nearly liken him to American footballers with their diligent routines. They don’t simply practise for the sake of practising, they practise for the sake of getting higher. He does that like no different.
Man United goals-per-minute
All competitions: 123.9 (15 objectives in 35 video games )
Premier League: 129.7 (9 objectives in 23 video games)
All competitions: 158.2 (27 objectives in 54 video games)
Premier League: 171.4 (17 objectives in 34 video games)
All competitions: 194.3 (20 objectives in 24 video games)
Premier League: 287.6 (10 objectives in 53 video games)
All competitions: 261.1 (11 objectives in 48 video games)
Premier League:2 74.7 (6 objectives in 28 video games)
All competitions: 285.2 (5 objectives in 14 video games)
Premier League: 274.0 (Three objectives in 24 video games)
All competitions: 346.0 (7 objectives in 22 video games)
Premier League: 371.3 (Four objectives in 36 video games)
Premier League objectives per minute (9+ objectives)
Minutes per objective: 87.8
Minutes performed: 791
Minutes per objective: 113.3
Minutes performed: 1246
Minutes per objective: 128.3
Minutes performed: 1155
Minutes per objective:129.7
Minutes performed: 1167
Minutes per objective: 129.7
Minutes performed: 1038
Minutes per objective: 134.1
Minutes performed: 2815
Minutes per objective: 136.0
Minutes performed: 2722
Minutes per objective: 146.6
Minutes performed: 1907
Minutes per objective: 157.0
Minutes performed: 1885
“He’s actually, actually fascinating to observe on the coaching floor. When you’re Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial, you’re completely watching that.
“I’d be following him round with a notepad and actually watching what he eats, how he strikes, how he stretches, what he’s doing in gymnasium as a result of he’s that good.
“I really like having execs round me like that as a result of they actually do set the bar excessive.”