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Manchester United can’t win the Premier League with Edinson Cavani as their main striker, claims Paul Merson

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is deliberating over whether to give Edinson Cavani another year at Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Paul Merson is adamant Manchester United will never win the Premier League while Edinson Cavani is their main centre forward.

The experienced Uruguay international joined United in the summer after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired.

Cavani has shown fleeting glimpses of the ability that helped him cement a reputation as one of world football’s most potent strikers, but it remains unclear as to whether the 34-year-old will remain at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.

Earlier this week the striker’s father claimed his son was unsettled in Manchester and had his heart set on a return to South America with Boca Juniors.

Cavani subsequently appeared to downplay his reported disgruntlement with a pointed message on social media, while Solskjaer insists any decision on the player’s future won’t be made until the summer.

While United have undoubtedly made progress under Solskjaer, meanwhile, Merson believes they won’t return to the summit of English football until they find a suitable replacement for Cavani, with Erling Haaland and Harry Kane viewed as the ideal candidates.

‘I’m a big fan of his I think he’s a special player but Man Utd need to win the Premier League and you’re not going to win it with Cavani up front,’ Merson told Sky Sports.

‘They need to bring in a top drawer centre forward. There’s no chance he’s going to play 38 games in the Premier League and score 25 goals.

‘He was a top player but he’s not on a youth training scheme is he? He’s going to make players better but if you’re bringing in a Haaland or a Harry Kane he’s not playing and you’ve got £100k-a-week tied up.

‘I don’t think they’ve got enough money to go out and buy a world class centre forward and keep Cavani.’


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