Edinson Cavani could be in line to start his first game at Anfield as a Manchester United player this weekend.

But ahead of the game, former star Paul Scholes has said he is unconvinced about the Uruguayan and wants to see more opportunities for youngster Mason Greenwood.

Scholes believes regular football can help Greenwood out.

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Scholes told ESPN: “I think Ole really needs to start playing Mason more regularly now. He will score goals whenever he gets chances and is the type of striker who could be hitting 25-30 a season when he gets more experience.

“But he isn’t going to score if he isn’t playing, and he’s at a stage where he needs to be out there. It’s similar to Phil Foden earlier this season at Man City — Pep Guardiola was holding him back, but he obviously had the talent to play a key role and he is showing that now. Mason is at the same level.

“Cavani has surprised me. I thought he had run out of steam at Paris Saint-Germain, but I still don’t think he is a player who should be starting. He is the guy you bring off the bench in the final 20 minutes when you need a goal, and I think that has been evident in the games he has started, when he hasn’t looked quite so sharp.”

Both yet to really get going

Both Greenwood and Cavani have had promising moments this season without quite really finding any consistency.

Cavani has looked more promising, although still has just four goals. Greenwood has three.

Three of Cavani’s goals have come as a substitute and Scholes’ point that the striker may be a better option from the bench could be a valid one.


A three game ban did not help him either, and there is a sense he is still just getting warmed up. A goal this weekend at Liverpool would be perfectly timed.

Greenwood on the other hand has struggled to show the electric form he demonstrated at times last season in which he netted 17 goals in all competitions.

Like Cavani, his time will come, but he does need to do a little better with the opportunities he is given.

Greenwood, 19, started against Watford last weekend and did not seize his chance, and has also failed to capitalise on other starts he has had up front against City, Arsenal and Southampton.

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He is not having the impact as a substitute he was in games last season either.

You get the feeling just one goal can change all that, and Scholes believes continuing to pick him will pay off. However when you have alternatives like Cavani waiting in the wings, it is hard to have that patience especially when every league point matters so much.

Even so, it is nice to hear Scholes speaking up for Greenwood, a young player who is going through a dip in form amid a lot of expectation. He will come good, and having the faith of a club legend behind him can only help.

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