Opinion: Despite signing Cavani, Manchester United still need to monitor Bundesliga striker

Manchester United won against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday evening, and that too without Edinson Cavani.

Marcus Rashford scored the winner for United as they got the better of PSG (2-1) in Paris in Group H.

With Cavani yet to play a game for the Red Devils following his move to Old Trafford on a free transfer in the summer, United will be confident of scoring a lot of the goals in the coming weeks and months.

Mason Greenwood is a rising star (not just in FIFA 21), while Anthony Martial is a prodigious talent and is still only 24 years of age.

However, United should still continue to keep tabs on Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

ABC reported last week that United and Chelsea wanted to sign the striker before he moved to Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

The Manchester Evening News claimed in December 2019 that United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had met the representatives of the Norway international striker, but the Red Devils refused to pay his buyout clause of €20 million (£18.06 million).

The report on ABC  added that Haaland prefers a move to Real Madrid to United or Chelsea next summer, but that should not prevent the Red Devils from making an approach again.

Haaland is only 20 years of age, and it is safe to say that he will get better given the goals he is banging in at the moment.

During the second half of last season, the Norwegian youngster scored 13 goals and provided two assists in 15 Bundesliga appearances, and scored two goals in two Champions League matches for Dortmund.

So far this season, the youngster has scored four goals and provided two assists in four league games and has scored one goal in one Champions League match.

Cavani is 33 years of age, and it is clear that the Uruguay international striker has been brought in by United to make an immediate, albeit short-term, impact on the team.

The former Napoli striker played just 602 minutes in Ligue 1 and only 130 minutes in the Champions League for PSG last season, and it remains to be seen how quickly he adapts to the Premier League and how much football he is able to play given his age and the form of the young strikers already at the club.

While Dortmund are very unlikely to sell Haaland in the January transfer window given that they harbour genuine title ambitions, the German club could be open to big offers for the youngster next summer.

Haaland is rated very highly, with his former coach Alf Ingve Berntsen telling 90min in May 2020 that the striker “is an excellent finisher, with both feet and head, very fast and very agile” and is “unique”.

United simply cannot miss the chance to sign a player of such quality again and have to continue to keep tabs on him this season.

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One Reply to “Opinion: Despite signing Cavani, Manchester United still need to monitor Bundesliga striker”

  1. Manchester united should buy haaland and upamicano
    only for the rest of four years while promoting young talented U23

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