Harry Kane to Man Utd transfer claim made as Red Devils close in on Edinson Cavani deal

He says Cavani gives United a different option alongside the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.

“They’ve got options – you need options, you can’t just rely on the front three, and that’s why Liverpool have bought Jota,” said the 43-year-old.

“You can’t just rely on those three even though they did well after lockdown. Cavani is a proper striker, he leads the line, occupies centre-halves and gives you a focal point.”

Murphy also dismissed Neville’s comparison with the 2014 signing of Falcao, who scored just four goals for United having been hampered by a previous serious knee injury.

“I don’t know how fit he is,” Murphy said of Cavani. “But I think the Falcao one is a bit of an odd comparison. I didn’t understand that signing after his horrendous knee injury kept him out for a long, long time.

“They expected him to come to the Premier League and hit the ground running – yes, he was fit as in he’d recovered, but he was never the same player.

“I thought it was a strange bit of business but Cavani hasn’t had that issue.”

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