How Edinson Cavani could line up at Man Utd in forward battle with Anthony Martial


It has been a long time, but Manchester United finally looks like they are signing a new striker in the summer transfer window. So far Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to settle for just one arrival, with Donny van de Beek signing from Ajax a deal worth £ 40million.

Many forwards have been linked, as the United boss looks to add more firepower to his squad.

Jadon Sancho has been the name most associated with United, but his £ 108million price tag means he will likely stay with Borussia Dortmund.

Cavani is getting ready to move to Old Trafford

Ousmane Dembele has also been linked, but it looks like it will be Edinson Cavani who arrives at Monday’s deadline.

The former PSG forward is getting closer to a free transfer, after the striker agreed to a short-term deal at Old Trafford.

Cavani is expected to complete a medical exam over the weekend, before being confirmed as a Manchester United player soon after.

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But how will United line up with the Uruguayan in their starting XI?

Former Red Devils forward Romelu Lukaku has warned the addition of another striker will hurt the trio who currently lead the line for Solskajer.

He said: “I hear a lot of people say, ‘Let’s buy another this, let’s buy another striker, let’s buy this’.

“If you buy another striker, what are you going to do with Anthony?” Anthony is a good player. He’s young. He is now No. 9 at a major club. Last year he scored 23 goals.

Lukaku warned striker signing could hamper Mason Greenwood’s progress

“Then you have the Mason transition that’s going to happen anytime soon from the right wing to number nine, and Mason is a killer. Like, I saw it firsthand. He has something.

For much of 2020 United have started games with Mason Greenwood on the right, Anthony Martial in the middle and Marcus Rashford on the left.

Rashford’s form made him one of the first names on the squad sheet and his place looks pretty secure.

Martial is building a reputation in the middle, but Cavani’s years of progress mean he will likely be tasked with playing at the center.

This leaves Greenwood or Martial to fight for the place of the right. In the long run, Greenwood will see himself playing as a center forward and learning from a player like Cavani could be invaluable.

Martial doesn’t have too much experience on the right, but creates a fluid front-three, if he and Rashford switch wings during matches.

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Solskajer could move Martial to the right and allow Greenwood to learn from experienced Cavani

A second option is a daring way to use all of Solskjaer’s attacking skills.

As Frank Lampard seeks to fit in with all of Chelsea’s forwards, the United boss now faces a similar conundrum.

A potential fix for this, against weaker teams, where United expect to dominate possession and face a low block, they could attack anything.

Sacrificing a deep midfielder to Nemanja Matic could mean United could play three behind Cavani, including Rashford in the No.10 position.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could drop a midfielder and use Rashford in the hole, behind Edinson Cavani

That would mean Martial could move on to his favorite left side, while still using Greenwood in the position he has thrived in during his young career.

Question marks remain as to whether Cavani is really the type of striker United currently need, especially since he has little experience on the right side.

In fact, of United’s four attacking players, three could play on the left, meaning Solskjaer will have to shuffle his deck to keep a balanced side.

Either way, after months of frustration, a new signing is imminent.

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