Former Manchester United midfielder Luke Chadwick is a fan of new signing Edinson Cavani after his match-winning performance against Southampton.
The Uruguay international joined the Reds on a free from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but he was not a heavily reported target until the end of the transfer window.
In what looked like a desperate attempt to make a last minute signing to please fans, Cavani has already started silencing his critics.
He has surprised quite a few of those who doubted him from the beginning, with claims like ‘this is just another Radamel Falcao scenario’ never too far from the conversation.
Cavani was immense after he came on as a second half substitute for United against Southampton on Sunday, not only scoring twice but providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes. This saw United turn a two-goal deficit into a 3-2 win at St. Mary’s.
Chadwick admits he initially questioned his former club’s decision to sign Cavani, but now believes other top teams will regret not fighting for his signature.
“I think obviously Cavani coming on made a huge difference in terms of the two goals and an assist,” Chadwick told CaughtOffside.
“I think his movement was brilliant around the box. United started the game well and were by far the better team for the first 20-25 minutes but just lacked that cutting edge in front of goal, but Cavani completely turned the game on its head in the second half.
“I’m sure after seeing his performance on Sunday a lot of teams will be regretting not signing him, but when you get to a certain age it does count against you a little bit.
“He seems to fit into just what United need at this moment in time in terms of a real penalty box predator. I wasn’t 100% convinced when they first signed him in terms of what he still has to offer, but he looks in incredible physical shape and his movement – you don’t lose that, that movement he’s had over the years that’s made him a world class goal-scorer.
“Although he set up the Bruno Fernandes goal with a lovely cross, you don’t see a huge amount of him outside the box, all he’s interested in his getting in that box, getting across the front post and that’s something United haven’t had for many a year now – a really natural goal-scorer.”
Although Cavani hasn’t had a run of starting games for United, he’s scored three goals in eight matches since his move to Old Trafford. If he can continue to have such an influence on the team he’ll prove to be another terrific addition made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.