Manchester United told to keep Edinson Cavani as alternative to Harry Kane and Erling Haaland as Gary Neville says Mason Greenwood ‘needs’ veteran striker

Manchester United have been told to do all they can to keep Edinson Cavani for at least another season.

The striker starred in the Red Devils’ 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.


Edinson Cavani scored seven Premier League goals this season[/caption]

Cavani saw a first half goal harshly ruled offside, but eventually got his goal ten minutes from time.

The Uruguay striker’s future is up in the air with reports linking him with a return to South America once his one-year contract is up.

There is an option in his contract to extend his deal for another 12 months, but the possibility remains that he could leave with Boca Juniors a possible next destination.

Watford striker Troy Deeney and former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara were in agreement on talkSPORT Breakfast that Man United shouldn’t let him leave.

And O’Hara even claimed Cavani would be considered one of the Premier League’s best-ever strikers had he moved to Old Trafford a few years earlier in his career.

“Look at his pedigree – people acted when they signed him like he was over the hill and was finished,” Deeney told talkSPORT.


Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season[/caption]

“He’s a great striker because his movement is one of the last things that would go.

“He’s not rapid, but in his head he’s very smart. I said it when he first signed, I thought it was a great signing.

“He would be a perfect stopgap for another year or two. I don’t think they’re going to go out and get a Haaland. He’s very expensive and Kane is very expensive and they’ve still got Martial there as well.

“Unless they could move one or two, I don’t see how they’re going to get a huge striker.”

O’Hara added: “If you’re a young striker and you want to make it in the game then you need to watch Cavani religiously. His movement is brilliant.

“He always plays on the shoulder and as a defender it’s the hardest thing to deal with.

“When you’ve got a striker like Cavani who is always trying to play in between you all the time – am I marking him or are you marking him? You’ve always got to watch him.

“The moment the centre-halves look at the player who’s crossed the ball then Cavani’s thinking ‘I’m off the back of you’. 

“He’s so hard to mark and he’s been a great signing for Manchester United.

“I think they should try and keep him.

“If he came and played in the Premier League four or five years ago when he was in his peak, we would be talking about one of the best strikers to EVER play in the Premier League.”


Cavani and Greenwood combined as Man United beat Tottenham on Sunday[/caption]

Cavani was assisted by teenager Mason Greenwood, who then grabbed a goal himself in the 96th minute.

The 19-year-old has just three goals and two assists this season after his breakthrough campaign last year where he scored ten Premier League goals.

And United legend Gary Neville thinks Greenwood needs the experienced Uruguayan to help him develop over the next year.

“He scores the goal and there was a moment at the end that fans may or may not have been watching,” he said on the Gary Neville Podcast.

“Tottenham had a throw-in with about two minutes to go and he (Cavani) was moving between the centre-backs trying to stop the ball being thrown-in and organising where Greenwood should be.

“Mason Greenwood needs another year with Cavani alongside him. He needs someone like that.

“It inspired us as young players having the likes of Robson, Bruce, Cantona and you see the best players in the world, or who have been the best players in the world, like Cavani, doing his work like that in the 94th minute.

“Mason Greenwood needs good standards above him, he needs good mentors and coaching on the pitch.


Greenwood got a goal and assist after coming on against Tottenham[/caption]

“He needs another year of him. Rashford needs another year of him. He’s been a brilliant example.

“I was a little nervous about him coming in because of Falcao and Alexis Sanchez, the showcase signings.

“This one has been different. He’s really applied himself and been a big help to Manchester United.

“How do you replace what he’s doing at the moment if he decides he wants to go back to South America?

“I know Manchester United have the option but I suspect they will give him the option because if he wants to go back then there’s nothing they can do.

“He does the right things, the right movements.”

Neville also thinks that Greenwood should be in the England squad for this summer’s Euros.


Neville wants to see Greenwood go to the Euros[/caption]

He added: “I know I speak a lot about Mason Greenwood, but I do think he’s a different level. His composure and finishing in the final third. I picked him in my England squad on Monday Night Football as someone who should go.

“If Harry Kane gets injured I do look at that England centre-forward position and think ‘who has his composure, who will do what he did in that last minute of the game’.

“I do think he can play as a centre-forward at international football, it’s whether he has enough time with only a few weeks to go.”

Source: Sport

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