Manchester United legend Roy Keane says it was “mind boggling” that Edinson Cavani was not ready to come on at half time of Sunday’s 3-2 win over Southampton. Cavani scored two late headers for United to complete an impressive comeback and make it eight Premier League away wins in a row for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side. But the afternoon did not start well for the Uruguayan.
With the score at 2-0 to Southampton, Cavani was called upon by United boss Solskjaer at the break.
But the striker was not ready to take to the field upon the resumption of the second half.
A member of the United backroom staff had to go and fetch Cavani’s correct boots from the dressing room.
And after the match, Keane criticised the 33-year-old but said it was a good job he made up for his error.
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“Yeah he was obviously slow getting onto the pitch with them boots,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“Just as well he did score because how the guy is not prepared and ready to go on, it’s mind boggling.
“Obviously he didn’t need the boots in the end, scored with two headers, but a great contribution when he came on.
“Obviously he still has that quality and that hunger and desire.”
Cavani was a free deadline day signing for United following his release from Paris Saint-Germain at the end of last season.
Keane said he had his doubts whether it would be a successful signing but admits so far it has proven to be wise recruitment from United.
“I think it was always a gamble when he came to the club,” Keane added.
“People doubted why he didn’t have a club, did he have the hunger, the desire? And we’ve seen it there.
“We’ve seen clips of him in some other games and you think: ‘Has he still got it?’. And we’ve seen proof of it today.
“He could turn out to be a huge signing for United. It was a bit of a gamble really but obviously worked out well today.”
Victory for United moved them up to seventh in the Premier League table.
Solskjaer’s side have now won their last four matches in all competitions.
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