Manchester United may have just signed Edinson Cavani but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly already chosen Erling Haaland as the veteran’s replacement. The Borussia Dortmund star has been sensational since moving to the Westfalenstadion in January. And though the Red Devils missed out on that occasion, their interest in the Norway international hasn’t waned.
Manchester United signed Cavani on transfer deadline day, turning to the 33-year-old to bolster their attack after missing out on Jadon Sancho.
The Uruguay international has already impressed at Carrington since moving and made his debut on Saturday night, coming off the bench in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Cavani signed a two-year contract with United and they’re hopeful he can replicate the success of Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout his stint in English football.
However, The Athletic say that United remain keen on Haaland for the long-term.
The Red Devils wanted to sign the Norway international in the January transfer window, back when the 20-year-old was at Red Bull Salzburg.
They ended up missing out, though, with Ed Woodward pulling the plug. He deemed the demands of agent Mino Raiola to be too high and was against the idea of installing a release clause in the striker’s contract.
Since then, United’s loss has been Dortmund’s gain.
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“I think they’re going to have to watch his movement,” said Giggs.
“When Robin van Persie came to the club we weren’t finding him quickly enough because his movement was so good.
“But early, you had to play the ball quickly [to Van Persie]. I think Cavani may be in that bracket.
“His movement is good, you mention about his offsides, you have to play the ball quickly otherwise he will be offside. But you’ve seen a little clip of the quality he [Cavani] can possess.”
Cavani is expected to challenge Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood for a starting spot.
And Michael Owen thinks there is plenty more to come from the Uruguayan following his debut.
“I love this guy’s movement, he’s my type of striker,” Owen said.
“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.
“And if it does, defenders turn, spin and close you down.
“The timing of his run, he’s on his toes, Thiago [Silva] played alongside him at Paris Saint-Germain, he knows exactly how he does it, when he tries to time it, you could see that, talk about knowing your players, great defending.
“Normally, against most defenders he might have got there in front, nicked it and he would’ve 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.”
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