MANCHESTER — – After coming off the bench to score twice, including the game winner against Southampton in the English Premier League on Sunday, ESPN FC discussed whether or not Edinson Cavani should now become the main striker for Manchester United.
Cavani was injected into the game to start the second half at St. Mary’s after manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Mason Greenwood with the former Paris Saint-Germain forward.
The Uruguay international who linked up with the Red Devils late after making a last minute move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day, showed that he’s finally rounding into better match shape by scoring a brace and providing an assists in the win.
With Manchester United trailing 2-0 at halftime, Cavani found Bruno Fernandes for the visitors first goal and then scored two headers to earn a 3-2 victory over the Saints.
With Anthony Martial struggling to replicate his scoring form a season ago, ESPN FC Extra Time discussed if super-sub Cavani should now become a starter over the Frenchman.
However, Gab Marcotti, ESPN transfer expert Gabriele Marcotti and senior writer, who urged Manchester United to make a move for Cavani, doesn’t believe the 33-year-old can play every week.
“I don’t think you can get Cavani week in and week out,” Marcotti said.
When pushed to explain his reason, Marcotti continued, “because the man is 33-years-old and coming off a long layoff and you’re playing a ton of games.”
He expects to see Solskjaer alternating in that position a lot to get the best out of Cavani, Martial and Greenwood.
“Martial is a much better counter-attacker,” Marcotti added. “He’s a natural counter-attacker and he’s obviously more durable than Cavani, but in certain games, you’re happy to have Cavani off the bench no question about it.”