Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has backed his former club’s new addition Edinson Cavani to improve Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s already exciting attack.
The Red Devils swooped for free agent Cavani on deadline day, although the Uruguayan is yet to make his debut for the club after being forced to quarantine following his move to Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old left previous club Paris Saint-Germain in the summer at the expiry of his contract after seven years in Paris in which he netted a club record 200 goals in just 301 appearances in all competitions. The capture of such a lethal marksman is an intriguing acquisition for United and will add some much needed experience to a youthful looking forward line.
While some critics have questioned a potential desperation regarding the player’s capture, it’s Cavani’s experience that Wales boss Giggs believes will be invaluable to Solskjaer’s squad, as well as the former Napoli man’s qualities as a “proper centre forward”, which he believes his former side are in desperate need of.
‘I faced Cavani in my second game for Wales and he was better than Luis Suarez in the game. I didn’t think he was that good,’ Giggs told Webby & O’Neill’s YouTube channel.
‘He was a real handful. He hasn’t played for a long time so he might be a little bit rusty, but you’re getting a proper centre forward who can lead the line, which a lot of fans have been crying out for.
‘We have Marcus (Rashford), Martial who is half a winger, half a centre forward. Cavani is a forward, a target man.
‘He’s got the experience. I’m hoping, just like Bruno has, he will make the players around him even better.’
With striker Anthony Martial currently suspended, Cavani could well be in contention make his debut against Chelsea on Saturday, provided he can prove his fitness.