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English premier league contender, Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani finally delivered for his new club after he almost singlehandedly dragged the club from the jaws of defeat to victory.

The Uruguayan came to the Premier League with a big reputation for scoring goals aplenty everywhere he has been since his career started at Danubio in his native Uruguay.

Edison Cavani had not shown his true colors as a consistent goal scorer until the league game with Southampton at the weekend. The player would argue that he has not been given the opportunities needed to shine for his new club.

Edinson Cavani signed a lucrative free transfer deal at Manchester United in the summer on the back of his non-activity for six months.

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He had not played competitive football since March due to the suspension of the French football league last season. The top five European leagues had to suspend football in March due to Coronavirus.

All the top five leagues resumed football except France. This decision was greeted with mixed reactions as Edison Cavani and PSG were restricted to matches in the Champions League, the French Cup final and the French League Cup final upon the resumption of football. By that time, Edinson Cavani was a free agent as his PSG contract had ended.

The ex-Palermo and Napoli attacker was not involved as PSG went close to winning the Champions League title upon the resumption of European football in August.

PSG got to the final of the competition before losing 1-0 to Bayern Munich courtesy the second half strike from former player Kingsley Coman.

Edinson Cavani has had to play catchup on the fitness front upon signing for Manchester United at the start of this season and this explains why manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not named him in more starting line-ups.

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However, Solskjaer won’t have much choice than to give him those starts after his heroics against the Saints on Sunday evening. His lone start this season came in the Champions League clash with Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday night. He was not amongst the scorers as Manchester United beat their visitors 4-1 to edge closer to the next stage of the competition.

Edinson Cavani was back on the bench for the league trip to in-form Southampton but that lasted for just 45 minutes after he came on for the ineffective Mason Greenwood at half-time with Manchester United trailing 2-0.

His impact was a devastating one on the Saints as he engineered a 3-2 comeback win at the St. Mary’s Stadium.

A brace from him plus the assist for Bruno Fernandes who started the Manchester United fightback as the Southampton rearguard struggled to live up with the quality of Edinson Cavani.

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With the latest showing, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer won’t be able to ignore the Uruguayan international from his starting team.

As a matter of fact, he needs to start more games if Manchester United want to contend with the other big teams for the Premier League title.

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Roy Keane says there’s a”big question mark” over this United signing

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Roy Keane says there is a ‘huge question mark’ over Manchester United striker Wout Weghorst.

Keane suggests that his January arrival is ‘gamble’ after watching him play against Arsenal on Sunday evening.

United signed the Netherlands international on a loan deal until the end of the season following his heroics against Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar.

He was on loan at Besiktas this term from parent club Burnley – registering eight goals and four assists across 16 Turkish league games but he seems to be unconvinced in his performance for Arsenal.

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Keane is unsure about United’s decision to bring in Weghorst, though, as he shared his thoughts prior to Sunday’s clash against Arsenal.

‘It’s a bit of a gamble but it’s a loan deal, I can see why the manager (Erik ten Hag) has done it,’ Keane told Sky Sports.

‘He’s going to be a good team player but whether he’ll get the goals is a huge question mark.’

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Ferdinand reveals the United player secretly pushing for a move away from Old Trafford

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Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has pointed to Harry Maguire as the player who is secretly pushing for a move away from Old Trafford.

The club legend said he would be ‘gobsmacked’ if Harry Maguire wasn’t looking for a new club.

Maguire has lost his place in Erik ten Hag’s team as Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have formed a formidable partnership at the heart of United’s defence this season.

It is expected that he would be unhappy, especially after an impressive display at the World Cup.

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Ferdinand believes the former Leicester City star will be quietly looking to find a new club immediately.

He told iNews: ‘If I came back from a tournament and done well, hit a bit of form and confidence again, come back to my club where I’m captain, and the manager has said to me ‘Patrice Evra is playing centre-half – our only other first-choice centre-half isn’t fit but now we’re playing Patrice there,’ and I’m sitting here fit, I’d have to be asking questions and saying “this ain’t happening, you obviously don’t fancy me, I need to look for a new club, thank you”.

‘That isn’t me saying Harry is this or that. That’s just looking at the situation cold and saying that’s the way it has to play out.

‘If Harry Maguire and his agent aren’t looking for a new club I’d be absolutely gobsmacked. I don’t see Harry Maguire at this stage of his career saying “I’m happy to be a squad player”.

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‘I can’t see Harry Maguire who starts for England and is Man United captain saying he’s happy to be sitting on the bench. I wouldn’t be able to understand that.’

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United told why they should have signed former flop instead of Wout Weghorst

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Former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson has told Manchester United that should have re-signed a transfer flop Memphis Depay instead of agreeing a deal for Burnley striker Wout Weghorst.

The Red Devils have agreed to sign Weghorst, 30, on loan for the rest of the season while Depay is also on the verge of an exit from Barcelona.

Robinson doubts if Weghorst is good enough to play for the Red Devils and says the deal ‘stinks’ of a ‘stop-gap’ signing.

‘It stinks of a club that is in limbo,’ Robinson said of Manchester United’s move for Weghorst in an interview with Football Insider.

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‘Look, Weghorst fits the bill. He will do a job. He is a number nine, a target man and a handful. But where are United shopping?

‘They need to sign a top striker. Weghorst seems to be a stop-gap. This is a player who Burnley have allowed to leave. He is a very good player but is he a Man United player, no. He is a striker and they need a striker but he’s not world-class.’

Robinson added: ‘Manchester United should be going for Memphis Depay. Depay is a miles better player than Weghorst.

‘There should not be a choice. Depay would be a brilliant signing for Man United. I’m sure the fans would rather have Depay back because it is a different Depay to the one that left.’

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Like Ronaldo, another United player urged to leave United for being disrespected by Ten Hag

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Rio Ferdinand has urged Harry Maguire to leave Manchester United after claiming that the defender has been disrespected by Erik ten Hag.

His is as Luke Shaw was played instead of him in central defence last month, in addition to dropping the former Leicester City defender on tbe bench before the World Cup.

Recall that a number of pundits had also asked Cristiano Ronaldo to leave the club while still at Old Trafford over being disrespected by same manager.

However, Ferdinand insists Maguire will be unhappy with how he has been treated by ten Hag at Old Trafford.

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‘If you’re him you have to leave now,’ Ferdinand said of Maguire on Vibe With Five.

‘Luke Shaw’s playing centre-back instead of him.

‘That’s like me going back after the World Cup, playing well, everyone saying he’s done really well, and Patrice Evra is playing centre-back.

‘I’d want to strangle Patrice! I would’ve smashed Patrice in training to make sure he’s not available, and I’d be going to the manager and saying, ‘are you taking the piss out of me, boss?’. I’d have walked straight into the manager’s office and said, ‘you’re disrespecting me’.

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‘Harry Maguire’s got to move. I think he stays because of the games and they can’t get someone else in. He plays in the cup games.’

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Ferdinand gives United other options, saying striker is better than Weghorst

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Rio Ferdinand has asked Manchester United to consider other options for the attack as he claimed that Porto striker Mehdi Taremi would be a better option than their target, Wout Weghorst

It is understood that Erik ten Hag is on the verge of signing Weghorst after making it clear, his desire to bring in another striker this January transfer window.

But Ferdinand feels United should make a move for Taremi, who has scored 14 goals in 20 appearances for Porto this season and impressed for Iran at the World Cup as he scored twice in the 6-2 defeat to England.

‘If you go outside the Premier League it’s a risk, I don’t care what level, unless you’re talking to [Kylian] Mbappe. Outside that everything’s a risk.

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‘It’s massive money, 100 million, 120 million, [Victor] Osimhen, you’re getting charged. You’re paying big dough for these guys.

‘You’re going to have to pay big money for Harry Kane but at least you know you’re getting a man who’s getting you 20, 25 goals a season. We can ask, ‘does he suit the play?’, the man scores 20, 25 goals. Harry Kane can’t be going anywhere but Man United.’

The decision however will be left for manager Erik ten Hag to make at the end of the day.

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Neville tells United hirarchy what to do to catch up with Arsenal

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Gary Neville has urged Manchester United’s hierarchy to bring in a new striker for Erik ten Hag in the January window so that they can catch up with Arsenal.

This is as he claimed that the Red Devils are developing into a serious team.

United are currently one point off second-placed Manchester City after winning their third straight Premier League match after the resumption of the season.

‘They just look like they’ve got something going. They’ve got a bit of experience in midfield, Christian Eriksen, Casemiro and Bruno Fernandes – it looks wiser,’ Neville told Sky Sports.

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‘Marcus Rashford is in form. They need a forward, but they’ve got forwards who are in form. Defensively it doesn’t look that strong but they’re doing okay.

‘At the moment, the manager has got something. I think that spirit of coming through the situation with Cristiano Ronaldo, coming through the situation with Harry Maguire, coming through the difficult start to the season, they’ve all bonded.

‘They’ve probably bonded more than if they’d just had an ordinary start to the season. Ten Hag is in a strong position there now to be able to call the shots. They need to get him a striker though!’

He continued: ‘They’re getting stronger. I think they’ve got a lot more players than Arsenal.

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‘Mikel Arteta is doing an incredible job, but you feel he’s so finely tuned if they lost a centre-back they’d be in trouble.

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United told the player to sign instead of Joao Felix

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Former Manchester United defender Paul Parker has told Erik ten Hag to sign Fulham star Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of Atletico Madrid star Joao Felix.

Following his exit before the World Cup, replacing Cristiano Ronaldo has been the major concern for manager Erik ten Hag and their bid to land long-time target Cody Gakpo, failed after Liverpool hijackee the move for the PSV and Netherlands forward.

Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic has also been rumoured and Parker said his Serbia teammate Mitrovic would be ‘a very good signing’ for the Red Devils.

‘When you have him on your team you can put the ball into the box at any time and he will most likely score a goal,’ the former right-back told BonusCodeBets.

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‘He has improved discipline wise and he really knows how to get into defenders’ heads. I can really see him being an important player for Man United.

‘But it’s going to be expensive. Fulham loves him and they will not let him go for peanuts because he is so important for them. If he is not on the pitch they have 70% less chance of scoring.

‘For instance, if Fulham plays against Man United and he is on the pitch for Fulham, I don’t believe that Man United will win that game.’

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The message Ten Hag sends to United board ahead of January transfer window

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Manager Erik ten Hag has sent a message to Man United over by his expectations ahead of the January winter transfer window.

While acknowledging the club’s targets need to meet their ‘financial criteria’, the United boss is still concerned about the squad depth.

‘All the games are coming. It’s a tough competition, in all the leagues,’ ten Hag told a press conference ahead of United’s trip to Wolves on Saturday.

‘We want to keep playing in all the leagues and in the cups as well. So we need players and we need numbers to cover.

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‘We need good players, not just the numbers. We need quality players to cover. And also we need competition and we need to know also that we can make different choices.

‘So we are looking for the right player for our squad, but it has to match our sporting criteria, definitely, but also some financial criteria.’

Meanwhile, Ten Hag has been told by Greame Souness that he cannot trust Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to score goals for him while also noting that he should have handled Ronaldo’s case better.

‘I expressed reservations about Erik ten Hag in August. Since then, he has got more out of those players than the previous manager,’ Souness told the Daily Mail.

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‘Marcus Rashford is their top scorer with five and is playing well. But he had a sabbatical for two years. Only he could tell you why.

‘The worry for Manchester United is that it could happen again. If he’s the one you’re relying on to get you goals, that feels like a wing and a prayer to me.

‘And if Ten Hag is also still relying on Anthony Martial to stand up and be counted, then good luck with that.

‘Three years ago, I said he was in a last-chance saloon to prove he is a United player. He is talented, but an enormous question mark remains.’

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