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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has hinted his experience gives him an added edge over Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial at Old Trafford. The Uruguay international has scored five goals this season, more than both of his team-mates. And he’s eager to start when the Red Devils lock horns with Liverpool in their FA Cup showdown on Sunday.
United were mocked by many across the footballing world when, having been targeting Jadon Sancho, they signed Cavani instead.
But the Uruguay international has proven to be worth the punt so far, scoring five goals across all competitions.
Cavani’s signing was viewed as peculiar but he’s now in terrific form and, on Sunday, will want to start their FA Cup clash with Liverpool.
And, speaking to United Review ahead of that game, he’s hinted his experience and maturity gives him an edge over the likes of Martial and Greenwood.
Martial is 25, while Greenwood is 19.
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And Cavani said: “I always think that, in all aspects of life, a person’s maturity is important because it helps you to resolve problems more quickly.
“As they say, to find a short-cut and make things a little more straightforward.
“And it’s the same in football. I think that, in football, you start to gain in maturity, and begin to grow in experience and confidence.
“That means that, as the years pass by, you feel better in yourself, and feel in good nick and you start to feel that you can really compete, having been constantly involved.
“So yes, I feel that experience is hugely important.
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“In spite of the fact that there are many talented guys out there, lots of gifted youngsters, I firmly believe, and I’ve always said that in football, it’s not all about having one, two or even three good games.
“What you really need in football is to compete hard and to be consistent.
“It takes a lot of self-discipline to enable you to become really consistent. For one, two, three, four years, that’s how you gain in the maturity which will enable you to get to that required level you need to compete.”
Cavani then added: “On many occasions, there are lots of strikers who score goals from more static positions.
“The ball comes to them, they can finish well, and they score goals.
“But you also have the other kind of striker who has the ability to sense things and anticipate where the cross is going to end up, or the ball in behind. Or when that through-ball is going to be played.
“I’ve worked really hard on anticipating the play intuitively.
“Looking at my team-mate to see where he’s going to play the pass, and watching the defender and how he’s moving so that I, in turn, can make a run or a move that will give me the advantage.
“And that’s something that you have to work on, and it’s also a question of focus and concentration on what you’re doing, and not just doing it naturally or for the sake of it. ”
Cavani was praised by Match of the Day pundit Martin Keown after sparkling against Fulham on Wednesday night.
The former Arsenal star said: “He is a real predator who has been prolific throughout Europe.
“Today he was really important, it’s his link-up play, his overall play, he must be a nightmare to play against.
“I didn’t have the pleasure to play against him but he’s a big player for them, a top player. He just waits for his chance and then smashes it in, brilliant.
“He’s a provider too and he works for the team. He wants to close people down, he still puts a shift in at 33. He’s outstanding in that area.”
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