Ex-England international is worried that Man Utd's philosophy might not work for Cavani.

Updated: Nov 21, 2020

Former Liverpool striker Owen has been watching Cavani 'for years and years" and he says 'there’s not many players I’ve seen with movement like him in the box when the ball is coming in’.

Cavani opened his goalscoring account at Goodison Park over the weekend [Getty]
Cavani opened his goalscoring account at Goodison Park over the weekend [Getty]

Cavani opened his goalscoring account with a late strike against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday.


Former England striker Michael Owen wonders whether Edinson Cavani will shine at Manchester United as he is not sure if the Uruguay international will get the right assist.


Cavani, who moved from Ligue 1 side PSG to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window, scored his first goal for United in Saturday’s 3-1 Premier League win over Everton at Goodison Park.


The former Napoli frontman is in competition with the likes of French star Anthony Martial and Nigeria international Odion Ighalo for the no.1 spot upfront in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team.


Owen, however, reckons Cavani has the attributes to thrive at United but admits that he is a little bit worried about how the 33-year-old will get the right service to score more goals, adding that if he were to be in Sir Alex Ferguson's United team, he would be on top of the moon.


“In terms of the finish, I like players that actually place the ball rather than just smacking it,” Owen told Premier League Productions.


“He opens his body up, pretends he’s going to the far corner, gives the goalkeeper the eyes and whips his leg over and knocks it into the near post. And Cavani is off and running.


“Some players are brilliant regardless, some players don’t necessarily need crosses into the box because they can make an impact regardless.


“I’ve watched this lad for years and years, there’s not many players I’ve seen with movement like him in the box when the ball is coming in.’


“Manchester United of old, he would have scored hundreds of goals in those teams. Now, are they going to get lots of crosses into the box and cut-backs that he preys on?


“It’s a very good signing, I just hope he gets the ammunition to fire the bullets.”



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