Man Utd have found their centre-forward but Paul Ince still has doubts over Edinson Cavani

Manchester United have found a “world class” centre-forward in Edinson Cavani but Paul Ince still holds his doubts over the 33-year-old. Cavani scored twice off the bench for United as the Red Devils came back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 at St Mary’s on Sunday. The former Paris Saint-Germain star also laid on the assist for Bruno Fernandes’ goal to get Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side back into the game.

Solskjaer has used Anthony Martial as his main central striker ever since the departure of Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2019.

However, Ince believes Martial is not best suited to that role and says Cavani is a much better option.

“Listen, he’s world class,” Ince told Premier League Productions.

“He’s not one of those that’s going to run channels or work the centre-halves but what he does is if you put the balls in the right position, he will score you goals.

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“He’s probably what Man United need, a proper centre-forward. Martial is not a centre-forward.

“He can play along the lines but he’s not an out-and-out centre-forward.

“They tried it with [Odion] Ighalo, it didn’t really work. This kid is world class.

“He knows the areas to go into, he can sense goals, he sniffs out goals and I think he will score a lot more goals for United this year.”

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However, Ince doubts if Cavani will start many games for United.

The Uruguayan’s only start for the club so far was in the Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir last week.

Ince instead thinks Cavani could be used as an impact substitute more often than not by Solskjaer.

“Listen, I’m sure Cavani’s done enough to warrant a start, but it depends how [Solskjaer] sees it,” he added.

“Cavani’s in his 30s, he can’t start every game, but what he can do is come on and make an impact like we saw today.

“Whether he can start from the beginning, I’m not too sure. I think he might want to, but he’s got options now.

“When Ighalo came over from China, he was coming on for the last 15-10 minutes because he wasn’t too sure about him.

“Now he knows he can throw someone like Cavani on, 45 minutes, and will get goals. It’s good to have those problems, that’s for sure.”

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