Juan Mata has revealed he was one of the first to know Manchester United were signing Edinson Cavani.

United signed Cavani on a free transfer from PSG in the summer transfer window after agreeing a two-year-deal with the Uruguayan worth £210,000-a-week.

The 33-year-old made his first United start against Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League last week before scoring an impressive late winner to sink Southampton on Sunday.

Mata admits he was tipped off about Cavani's impending arrival at Old Trafford by former United team-mate Ander Herrera.

The PSG star told Mata he needed to help Cavani settle into his new life in Manchester and the Spanish international has been acting as his interpreter.

Edinson Cavani joined Man Utd in the summer having left PSG
Edinson Cavani joined Man Utd in the summer having left PSG

He said: "He called me and told me, 'I think Edinson is going to go to your club, you will see he's a top guy, a top professional. And I know you will help him.

"So since Edinson has arrived, I try to answer the questions he has about the club or the dressing room. I can help to translate when he wants to communicate with people in the club, in the staff.

Ander Herrera is now at PSG having been a team-mate of Juan Mata at Man Utd
Ander Herrera is now at PSG having been a team-mate of Juan Mata at Man Utd

"And since he's here, as Ander said, I can see how focused he is, his professionalism. Edinson has done a lot of things in football and he remains very humble. And it's great to have him. He brings his experience, he will bring a lot of goals."

PSG, meanwhile, have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of tomorrow night's crunch Champions League clash with United at Old Trafford.

The French champions are already without influential duo Julian Draxler and Juan Bernat, and have now lost Mauro Icardi and Pablo Sarabia to injuries.