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Ex-Manchester United Striker Urges Solskjaer To Move In For Cavani: Does He Have A Point?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent Q & A on Twitter, former Manchester United forward Robin Van Persie urged his former club to orchestrate a move for Edinson Cavani’s services at the end of this campaign. When asked about which striker the Red Devils should go after in the summer, the Dutchman was quite clear with his response when he said, ‘Edinson Cavani, brilliant player and available #GoalMachine’

The Red Devils have recently managed to acquire the services of Odion Ighalo, so it is unlikely that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have Cavani on his mind right now. With the winter transfer window shutting down, Man United will have no choice but to rely on the current strength of their squad.

Cavani’s Growing Frustrations At The French Capital This Season

Cavani has endured an underwhelming campaign at the French capital after struggling to get a regular run of games under Thomas Tuchel’s tutelage this season. The PSG manager has often chosen to name Mauro Icardi in his first-team ahead of the veteran Uruguayan striker. This is one of the main reasons why he has only managed to make 15 appearances for the Ligue 1 giants this term, scoring five goals and creating one assist in all competitions.

The 32-year-old has just averaged 1.3 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.2 dribbles per game in the French top-flight (stats via whoscored). Cavani has returned from his groin injury, but his contract at Parc Des Princes is set to run out at the end of this campaign. He has a wealth of experience at the international level, having secured 116 international caps for the Uruguayan national side while scoring 50 goals for his homeland in the process.

Linas-Montlhery’s goalkeeper Sergio Rico Gonzalez (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani (R) during the French Cup football match between Linas-Montlhery and Paris Saint-Germain on January 5, 2020 at the Stade Bobin in Bondoufle, south of Paris. (Photo by ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP via Getty Images)

What Are The South American Sensation’s Best Strengths?

Despite losing a yard of pace from his game, Cavani has still managed to be a potent threat in the final third. However, he has been mostly ineffective at Paris this season as he has been starved of first-team chances. At 32, the Uruguay international still has a few years left in him to play at a high level. He has the quality to score a lot of goals for his team when playing with confidence on the field.

Does Van Persie Have A Point And Should Ole Make A Move For Cavani?

Therefore, Solskjaer should consider listening to Van Persie’s advice by opting for a move to sign Cavani next summer. He will be available for free and could turn out to be a versatile option for the Red Devils at Old Trafford as he can play anywhere across the frontline.

However, Man United’s stance will hinge on the success of Odion Ighalo at the Theatre of Dreams. If the Nigerian striker can prove his worth in English football, then it is likely that the Mancunian giants will not need to go for another goal-getter especially with Marcus Rashford set to return later this summer.

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