Edinson Cavani was on the brink of retiring from football prior to his move to Manchester United after his girlfriend caught coronavirus.

The Uruguay international made the move to Old Trafford on deadline day after his contract expired at Paris St-Germain.

He arrives with a wealth of experience and as one of the deadliest strikers in Europe over the last 10 years.

And he has even been given the famous No. 7 jersey, as worn by the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, David Beckham and George Best.

The 33-year-old has signed a £200,000-a-week contract but it nearly never came about.

Shortly after his departure from PSG in the summer, Cavani’s girlfriend contracted coronavirus and the forward admitted he nearly gave up on football.

“Your family’s health comes first,” he said. “Of course, I considered the idea of quitting football.

“We have suffered through the coronavirus with my family and with my girlfriend.”

in an interview with Argentine radio, Cavani revealed how the virus that struck Jocelyn Burgardt caused him serious worry.

He said: “The truth is that it was bad because of the fear that it awakens. Thank God we recovered well and evolved well and here we are.

“But it is true I managed the possibility to stop playing and stay in the countryside, dedicate myself to my life in the countryside.”

“It is normal that anxiety begins to enter your mind.

“The leagues had started to compete and of course, I wanted to have a team.

“There are things that are not given because they should not be given.

“I am of the idea that in life things come when they have to come and sometimes, no matter how much you want something, if it doesn’t have to happen, it doesn’t happen.

“There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Days began to pass and I saw my family, friends and everyone wanting to know where I was going to play.

“We are here, happy with the decision and now I want to put on the shirt.”