Download Edinson Cavani Is A Risk Worth Taking For Manchester United
Manchester United have a mixed recent record when it comes to signing experienced strikers.
In the summer of 2014 United signed Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco on the final day of the transfer window.
The Colombian striker had been hailed as one of the best strikers in the world after prolific spells at Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco, but a knee injury sustained earlier that year meant he now represented something of a risk.
And so it proved as he stumbled through an underwhelming season looking like an impostor and managing to score just 4 goals in 29 appearances.
Two years later United signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the age of 34 on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, and this time, enjoyed the benefits of his experience.
The Swede scored 28 goals in his first season, galvanising the players around him, and inspiring United to both the League Cup and Europa League.
United are now hoping to repeat the success of Ibrahimovic with the signing of the Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani in this transfer window.
The former Paris Saint-Germain striker is 33 and has not played since European football went in to lockdown in March this year.
United are aware this is a calculated risk, but believe it is one worth taking, with the chance he could have a real impact on the current squad.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spent the summer searching for a back-up striker to replace Odion Ighalo, whose loan at Old Trafford ends in January.
United always wanted a player who could provide quality back-up to their first choice number nine Anthony Martial, but without derailing the Frenchman’s progress.
In Cavani United believe they have found the ideal candidate who has already been there and done it, and can shine in both the Premier League and Champions League.
United want Cavani to be a leader on the pitch and in the dressing room, and use his immense experience to help develop the still emerging talents of Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood.
Cavani’s record of 341 goals in 556 games for Palermo, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain commands instant respect and can only help United’s stable of strikers.
On the pitch he provides the option of a different type of striker for Solskjaer’s forward line: he is more of a predator, more wily and offers an increased threat in the air.
While United acknowledge this might appear a surprising signing, they have also been impressed with just how motivated Cavani is to prove he still has a lot to give.
If the Uruguayan can rediscover the form that saw him score 23 goals in his last full season, 2018-2019, he could prove a risk worth taking for this embattled United side.