Ahead of the 2020/21 season, Manchester United didn't have a prolific, natural centre-forward among their ranks.

Just one year later, though, and Cristiano Ronaldo, arguably the greatest goalscorer of all time, has made a sensational return to United from Juventus, inevitably making an excellent start to his second stint at the club by already scoring four goals.

Amid the Ronaldo induced euphoria, however, there has been a player forgotten at United and that's Edinson Cavani.

United finished second in the Premier League last season while also making it to the Europa League final and the general consensus among supporters was that progress was made on the pitch - Cavani's performances were instrumental to that progress.

After United announced the arrival of Cavani on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, the deal had all of the hallmarks of United's rushed, incompetent transfer decisions of the past, but instead, the switch has proved to be an inspired move for both parties.

Cavani didn't need long to emphatically squash doubts over his ability to still perform at an elite level last season and he immediately demonstrated that his innate ability to find the back of the net, helped by his outstanding movement, was indeed still intact.

Among many - Cavani scored 17 goals last term - others, there were two late goals against Southampton on the south coast and a magnificent, lofted chip from distance against Fulham from the Uruguay star, which was a goal the returning 10,000 United fans at Old Trafford revelled in on the last home game of the campaign.

That goal left United fans wanting more and the news of his one-year contract extension was warmly welcome this summer, although it's now September and supporters are yet to really watch the Cavani that sauntered around on the pitch against Fulham in May.

After the Copa America, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sanctioned an extended break for Cavani and, after making his return to British shores, he's had to quarantine, report to training to return to full fitness before overcoming a knock sustained in a friendly against Stoke.

That means Cavani has played just 47 minutes this season, which was almost unimaginable towards the back end of last term.

United are undoubtedly a more dangerous side with Cavani's presence, his expert movement off the ball to craftily breach the opposition's lines is invaluable for their attacking play, and Solskjaer might be considering just how he can use him this season.

While Ronaldo has seemed certain to lead United's attack since his return, it wouldn't be such an outlandish suggestion to play Cavani at centre-forward with Ronaldo just off him on the left - Mason Greenwood could play on the opposite side on the right.

When asked for his strongest United side, Gary Neville had those three players in those positions spearheading the attack, too.

Cavani is almost too good to leave on the bench and his potential partnership with Ronaldo would be a prospect to savour.