‘He’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire’: Paul Scholes slams Manchester United’s ‘very strange’ deadline day signing of veteran striker Edinson Cavani and doubts he will take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side ‘to the next level’
- Manchester United completed deadline day signing of Edinson Cavani last week
- Paul Scholes is not convinced the 33-year-old will be a success at Old Trafford
- He believes Uruguayan should have signed on loan, not given a two-year deal
The club legend believes that United have signed the Uruguayan five years too late, and does not expect him to take Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to the next level this season.
When asked how he expects the former PSG hitman to fare at Old Trafford, he told Stadium Astro: ‘Well, we’ll have to wait and see won’t we.
Paul Scholes says Manchester United’s deadline day signing of Edinson Cavani is ‘very strange’
United handed the 33-year-old striker a two-year deal after bringing him in last week
‘Obviously in his day, he’s been a top quality centre-forward. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He’s not played a lot of football for PSG last season.
‘Five, six years ago, yeah he’s a great signing, he’ll take us onto that next level possibly. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.’
Scholes believes Cavani would have been an ideal loan signing for United to make, and likened it to when Sir Alex Ferguson brought in a 35-year-old Henrik Larsson in 2007.
He continued: ‘But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side though have started the Premier League season poorly this term
‘If you’re struggling without a centre-forward it should be a two or three month loan signing just to get through a sticky period.
‘Similar to what Henrik Larsson did. A brilliant centre-forward, 33, 34 years of age, he just filled a little gap for us, which was exactly what we needed.
‘I see Cavani as that kind of person, not at 33 coming to sign a two-year contract. I find it very strange.
‘But he won’t, he’ll be loving it. I’m sure he will.’
United have started the season poorly, losing two of their first three games – both at home – including a 6-1 thrashing by Tottenham before the international break.
Scholes (left) believes Cavani should have been a loan signing, like Henrik Larsson in 2007
United have lost two of their first three games including a 6-1 home thrashing by Tottenham
But Cavani is already targeting silverware at his new venture. He told United’s website: ‘I think any player who is competitive by nature always wants to be able to win silverware.
‘You always work hard so you can give the best account of yourself, and based on performing at your best, you can get the right results.
‘Then, when you’ve picked up the right results, you can go on to win trophies and achieve big things.
‘I’ve just joined one of the biggest clubs in the world and I think that one of the first objectives it has, as a club, is to win and be champions.’