Nemanja Matic has talked up Edinson Cavani after another goalscoring performance last night.
Cavani followed up Sunday’s header at Spurs by opening the scoring in last night’s 2-0 win over Granada.
The Uruguayan looks back to his sharpest and Matic told the club’s official website how important the hitman will be in the closing weeks of the season.
Anthony Martial’s absence has ramped up the pressure on Cavani to deliver but he’s stepped up to the plate in the last few days.
“He’s a top striker, very professional,” said Matic of Cavani.
“I think those kids that we have in the squad can learn a lot from him every day so I’m very happy that we have him in the team.
He’s a big name and he shows every day why he’s a big name and why he scores so many goals.
He’s a very important player for us and he will be very important until the end of the season.”
Cavani has still not decided whether he’ll be at Old Trafford next season.
The Athletic reported earlier this week that he is more likely to leave than stay.
If he does depart after just one season, the perfect way to sign off would be leading United to Europa League glory.
United face Roma in the semi-finals after last night’s win and Cavani will expect to lead the line in both legs.
Matic’s future is not set in stone either. This season has shown that he’s a fading force and he tends to slow down United’s play when he starts.
With James Garner looking for an opportunity and United really needing an elite holding midfielder, Matic could well make way this summer.
The Serbian signed a new contract last year, which has protected his transfer value to some extent, but created no incentive for Matic to leave unless a great offer comes his way.
Matic and Cavani’s experience helped get the job done last night, but they might both be elsewhere when next season kicks off, with United having replaced their knowhow with greater energy and long-term potential.
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