Paul Scholes made some comments earlier this month (via Stadium Astro) criticising Manchester United’s decision to sign Edinson Cavani.
Ryan Giggs disagrees. He is confident Cavani will be a strong addition up front for United.
Perhaps the only area where he does agree with Scholes is over his scepticism regarding Anthony Martial’s role up front.
Speaking to Webby & O’Neill’s YouTube channel, Giggs referred to his own experience seeing Cavani first hand. He believes the striker will be a big addition for United.
Giggs said: “I faced Cavani in my second game [as manager] for Wales and he was better than Luis Suarez in the game. I didn’t think he was that good.
“He was a real handful. He hasn’t played for a long time so he might be a little bit rusty. But what you’re getting; you’re getting a centre forward which I think a lot of fans have been crying out for.
“A proper centre forward who can led the line. We have Marcus, 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.”
Instant impact or slow burner?
Cavani has not played a competitive game since PSG’s 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in March.
He only joined United’s first team training sessions on Sunday and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer viewed that the Champions League match came just a bit too soon for him.
Whether he will feature against Chelsea at the weekend is unclear, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to give an update on Friday at his press conference.
Cavani could come in and make an instant impact, or it could take him a little while to get up to speed and really show his best, even if he does play.
Just having him around is helpful, and as Giggs says, it could energise the rest of the squad.
Pictures of the players training this week showed them in high spirits, and Cavani’s arrival appears to have created a big buzz.
If he can make an impact instantly then great, but if we have to be a bit patient with him, so be it.
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