Cavani made his debut for United as an 58th minute substitute at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old almost scored with his first touch after gaining space to meet a free-kick, and Owen liked what he saw from the Uruguayan.
"I love this guy's movement, he's my type of striker," Owen told Premier League Productions.
"I've always said half a yard at the near post is better than two or three yards at the back post because invariably the ball doesn't get there.
"Normally, against most defenders he might have got there in front, nicked it and he would've have got a block in.
"We only saw a brief cameo but I've seen him for years and years and always thought he's one of the best movers in the game in terms of those little darting runs, he loves nipping in front of defenders.
"I think he's going to score a few. As long as United have pressure on the opponents. They get crosses in.
"He's very much an 18-yard box type of striker that makes darting runs."