Manchester United hailed for making the transfer ‘they really needed’ in Edinson Cavani as Anthony Martial continues to struggle

Tony Cascarino has hailed Manchester United for making the signing ‘they really needed’ by bringing Edinson Cavani to Old Trafford.
When the Uruguay international was signed in October, the decision was largely questioned by those in and around Manchester as he had been a free agent since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in July.
Edinson Cavani is providing the maturity and leadership up front Manchester United have neededGetty Images – Getty
After the Red Devils tried and failed in the pursuit of Jadon Sancho, there were those dissenting voices who felt as though Cavani was a panic purchase.
With reported wages of £200,000-a-week, the signing of a 33-year-old who had never played in the Premier League before seemed like a risk. However, just like the signings of Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the past, United’s decision to entrust a senior striker with a starting mantle is starting to pay off.
During the 9-0 rout of Southampton on Tuesday evening, PSG’s record goalscorer showcased all the nous and technical abilities which made him such a feared striker across Europe.
Although Cavani has just five goals and two assists from his 15 Premier League games, it is the selfless work off the ball completed by the veteran which has impressed former Chelsea target man Cascarino.
Cavani got on the scoresheet in the Southampton rout, but lead the line extremely well alsoAFP
“It was so nice watching a centre-forward, a proper centre-forward in Cavani, play that role as a centre forward,” he said on the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“He brings everybody into play, makes unselfish runs, opens spaces up and creates problems for a back line – even if he is not going to two or three goals – he was always a problem for the two Southampton centre-halves.
“They were two big lads; both dominant, but he moved them around and when he moved them around, he created room for other people.
“I said it at the time Natalie, when he came from PSG to United, they were bringing in a 33-year-old with great experience who knew the game brilliantly.
Anthony Martial has endured a tough season in the Premier League so farAFP
“Okay, he’s not quite the same player, but he is something United really needed.”
Anthony Martial has struggled to fill the No.9 shirt he reclaimed from Ibrahimovic, scoring just four goals from 18 appearances in the Premier Legaue this season.
While the France international continues to struggle in front of goal as a central striker, Cavani quietly continues to go about his work for the team.

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