Manchester United fans have been slammed for wanting Jadon Sancho instead of Edinson Cavani. The Uruguay international joined the club on a free transfer from PSG back in the summer. And he’s scored three times since his arrival in English football.
United spent the whole of the transfer window chasing Sancho, with the Borussia Dortmund star earmarked early on as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s top target.
But the Red Devils ended up missing out on the England international, with Dortmund’s £108million asking price deemed too high.
On deadline day, United then swooped to sign Cavani.
He’s taken a while to find his feet in English football but currently has three goals to his name, having struck twice in the 3-2 win over Southampton on Sunday.
And BBC Sport pundit Clinton Morrison thinks supporters were wrong to be unhappy about Cavani’s arrival, saying: “Edinson Cavani is a natural born striker, a proper number nine, his movement in the box is brilliant.
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“The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood can learn from him.
“Martial is trying to be a number nine, but you couldn’t ask Cavani to go out and play as an 11 or a seven, he’s a perfect centre forward.
“As soon as the ball comes into the box his movement is superb, he goes one way then moves across the defender, once the defender is looking at the football Cavani has already made his move and that’s how he’s getting most of his goals, the young strikers at Manchester United can learn from it.
“It makes me laugh because a lot of United fans say it was a panic buy because they didn’t get Jadon Sancho, they questioned the signing.
“But he’s been first class and he works ever so well.”
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United legends Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes also opened up on Cavani prior to the showdown at Old Trafford.
Ferdinand said: ”Greenwood is going to develop into the No.9 here and that’s something [anticipation] I think he will have to add to his game to elevate himself.
“To have that something different. To have something else.”
Scholes then responded by saying: “We talked so many times about United not having a proper No.9. This lad [Cavani] is a proper No.9 but it might only be for one or two years.
“We had the same with Zlatan a few years ago. Are we any further down the road?”
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And Ferdinand retorted by saying: “I think Cavani, he would say himself, he’s a stop gap, he’s here to help support these guys.
“I think they’ve got to be sponges and take on a lot of elements of his game. That’s what I would love to see.”
Cavani scored 200 goals from 301 matches during his time at PSG.
But he’s unlikely to get anywhere near that number for the Red Devils.
Cavani signed a one-year deal upon moving in the summer, though the club do have an option to extend by a further year.
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