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Edinson Cavani explains how he is helping Man Utd’s strikers

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly knew what he was doing when he swooped to sign Edinson Cavani on a free transfer.

While the Uruguayan is one the most established frontmen in world football, his somewhat last-ditch arrival at Old Trafford was met with plenty of scepticism.

Given his advancing years, Cavani (now 34) was seen as another stop-gap signing, rather than a real solution to United's problems at No.9.

Since then though, the veteran has proven himself to be an increasingly valuable member of the team, cementing his place as United's lead centre-forward.

His seven goals in 24 appearances doesn't begin to tell the story of his all-round contribution to his side – which also extends beyond the pitch.

Upon signing, among a host of compliments, Solskjaer said of his new acquisition: "The opportunity for our young players to learn from one of Europe’s top goalscorers over the last 10 years is fantastic and it will really benefit them going forward."

For a club with history of signing experienced pros, including the more notable Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, it already appears to be paying dividends.

And Cavani is more than happy with his role as the elder statesmen among his peers, and explained to ManUtd.com how he has been helping them along.

"As someone who is a bit older, there are things that you notice that maybe they, as younger players don’t quite see yet. Just normal everyday football things," he said. "I’m here to give the best I can give of myself and to occasionally offer my opinion on things.

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"Honestly speaking, I don’t really like to just give out advice. I prefer to support and be there to help. I like to give my best. If someone would like to take something on board as an example, something that I’ve done, then yes, by all means.

"I don’t like it when people try to impose things on me or tell me what I have to do."

Solskjaer has already confirmed the club are planning to have sit-down talks with Cavani over his future – a testament to the great impact he has made in a brief spell.

As a player who has won seven league titles in his distinguished career, which took in spells in his native Uruguay, Italy and France, along with featuring in eight major international tournaments, United's youthful trio of Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have a great source of experience to learn from.

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But Cavani reiterated his ambition was not to guide his teammates, but more to help them guide themselves and leave "something positive behind" when he eventually moves on.

"I’m here to do my absolute best and to accompany and support this team. I’m here to leave everything I have out on the field – not just in a game, but in training too," he said.

"Then, if a young player comes up and asks me something, or a youngster sees things during a training session that they’d like to incorporate into their game, I’m always here to help.

"I’ll be there to offer support and I’ll do my best with it. If they want to take it on board and take it as an example, I’d be happy."

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