Man Utd attack with Edinson Cavani transfer as good as Liverpool and Man City – Yorke

Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani capture will make their attack as good as that of Liverpool or Manchester City. That’s the verdict of Old Trafford legend Dwight Yorke after the striker joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on a free transfer on deadline day.

Cavani signed a two-year deal with the Premier League side as one of four signings executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward expected to make on the final day of the transfer windiw.

United also signed left-back Alex Telles on a four-year deal in a £15.4million move from Porto, and were hoping to complete deals for two 18-year-old wingers – Facundo Pellistri from Uruguayan club Penarol, and Atalanta’s Amad Traore.

But it is the signing of Cavani that has got former United striker Yorke excited.

The 33-year-old Uruguayan forward left Paris-Saint Germain this summer after scoring 200 goals in 301 games for the French side, helping them to six Ligue 1 titles.

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He has bagged a total of 341 club goals for PSG, Napoli and Palermo, as well as 50 for his country, who he helped win the Copa America in 2011.

Cavani will join a United attack already boasting Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, with the likes of Dan James and Odio Ighalo as back-up.

And Yorke says the Red Devils forward line can now match Liverpool’s front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, or City’s attackers Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez.

“What has happened here is that the manager has got a choice,” said Yorke, whose goals helped fire United to their historic treble during the 1998/99 season.


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“I don’t think that’s been an issue in terms of attacking players that are creative.

“Certainly at the back of last season, where we were 14 games unbeaten, we probably scored four goals every game on average, so the record throughout the front three has been very impressive.

“As far as I’m concerned, Ole has got that part of it totally right.

“I expected those players to kick on, of course. Cavani coming in is always going to add more competition for the players, which is probably needed.”

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Yorke said the capture of Cavani is similar to United’s signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016 in terms of a hugely experienced attacker coming in to help bring on younger players.

But the four-time Premier League title winner also insisted that Cavani is still on top of his game and can make United’s attack the best in the Premier League.

“We all kind of link him with Zlatan due to what he’s gonna bring and the guidance he can give the younger players, but I feel from an attacking point-of-view, I’m not worried,” said Yorke.

“I feel like we are up there with the very best – obviously Liverpool and City, now you look at Tottenham’s front three and they’re a threat.

“I think our front three and probably a front four now with Cavani can be up there with the very best on any given day. It’s a good bit of business for what we need in this present moment of time.”

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