It was a task the 20-year-old had to perform on Saturday evening in the 1-0 win vs Bordeaux, with Cavani coming off injured at half-time just after scoring the only goal of the game.
As such, the injuries to the PSG duo should give them a handy advantage when they host Thomas Tuchel's men in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 on Tuesday night.
In many ways, this and the return game could be the audition for the Norwegian boss for the job of the next permanent manager.
Speaking on Sunday morning, Tuchel added to TF1: "We don't have good news for Edi. We don't have a second "Edi", Tuchel told Canal+, but he later insisted that he did have solutions in mind if needed.
Cavani's fellow forward Neymar has already been ruled out of the United games with a broken metatarsal.
This news will come as a huge boost to Manchester United, who have gone 11 games unbeaten under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, winning 10 of them with one slight hiccup against Burnley, when Victor Lindelof rescued a point. We have a Plan D. "But we're ready for Manchester and I have faith in my players". It's very hard if we play with our best team, it's a big challenge.
Bordeaux held PSG at home when the teams met in December, but they were undone late in the first half here as Nicolas de Preville fouled Thomas Meunier in the box, and Cavani netted from 12 yards.
Such is their margin for error domestically that Tuchel could afford to wrap a host of key players in cotton wool with the Champions League in mind.
And speaking after the game, Tuchel said: "If he [Cavani] comes off, obviously I am anxious".
While Tuchel needs Verratti against a United midfield featuring the in-form Paul Pogba, the 58 minutes he played may not be enough to get his rhythm back in time to face a revitalized United.