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Sir Marcus

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Tough one.

I didn't expect him to be a great stylistic match because let's face it, Bruno only arrived one year ago and Pogba's form was atrocious. We were a rather one dimensional kick and run side not too long ago.

I did think he was a good fit/addition given our systematic inability to carve an opening against tight defences not giving us the space for that style to work.

With Monday's paper, he is a good stylistic fit for us to evolve, whether we wanted to or could was anyone's guess. Still have some way to go, but surely it's showing us what the right path is.

Now, my mates here who know Cavani well but only had an occasional exposure to us (thus not invested in X, Y or Z) all saw it very clearly: "No brainer signing, you don't have a centreforward".

Interesting.

I always thought one of the best things that Ole was doing was bringing the identity back and shaping it to look like a Man Utd team again. As much as I appreciated the trophies that Mourinho delivered, he wasn't doing in the 'united way' and not with players that would be typically associated with the club, for example as much as I appreciate Lukaku's goals he just wasn't a fit for us in numerous ways..

Martial and Rashford, though sometimes not even as effective as Lukaku etc, were always seen by me as being the right mould at least - and if they achieved their potential it would be not only successful but brilliant too. My ideal player to finish that front three (Greenwood still too young) had to be a better finisher than both, but also flexible enough positionally to allow Rash/Tony to roam centrally when the situation allows - an interchangeable front three with pace, trickery and movement.

I just never knew that Cavani was that player! From our strikers in the last 20 years or so - I think he reminds me of Rooney, Tevez or Saha just in terms of how much better he seems to make the whole team play, as opposed to coming in and just making a great individual contribution (might be unfair but I see Zlatan's involvement at Utd as more like the latter, or more so than Cavani so far anyway..).

It's like the biggest retrospective no brainer of all time from my point of view! I think some of it does boil down to being truly spoiled in SAF/Ronaldo era where I didn't pay as much attention/respect to many other world class players in the world (Ribery is another that I criminally undermined for years) and just never watching him that closely (playing in France couldn't have helped).
 
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He is just technically far inferior to me. He can’t keep hold of the ball in all situations, his passing and link play is not as advanced either. He doesn’t have the same quality of touch. For Cavani to be at his best, he needs to ideally be taking a shot within his first one to three touches on the ball. Ideally his first. He looks a more and more average player as that number increases, whereas Martial can look a top player well into 6-10 touches I think.

Edi’s strengths lie in his movement and instinctive finishing, but I don’t think he’s comparable to Martial in any other aspect of his game.
Don’t agree that Cavani is technically far inferior. Sometimes Cavani tries to do things his teammates “don’t follow”, things I’m sure he used to do in PSG and his former teammates understood. Combination play usually depends a lot on players knowing each other.

I’m very happy with Cavani, but my point is that Cavani still hasn’t adapted completely to both PL and his teammates. The box-play is the most universal thing, so as expected he sorted that quickly.

It is much more to come from Cavani. Next season we will se him take both one and two steps and become an even better asset to us.
 

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He is just technically far inferior to me. He can’t keep hold of the ball in all situations, his passing and link play is not as advanced either. He doesn’t have the same quality of touch. For Cavani to be at his best, he needs to ideally be taking a shot within his first one to three touches on the ball. Ideally his first. He looks a more and more average player as that number increases, whereas Martial can look a top player well into 6-10 touches I think.

Edi’s strengths lie in his movement and instinctive finishing, but I don’t think he’s comparable to Martial in any other aspect of his game.
I respectfully disagree with about 90% of that post.
 

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Some of you guys make Cavani sound like he's just a work horse that scores goals. Go watch him at Napoli and PSG or even Uruguay, he's scored a lot of amazing goals that are just as good as any of RVP's best goals. He hasn't had a chance to show everything he can do here yet (partly because the team just hasn't adapted to his style or fully understand him yet). Watch his first goal against Portugal in the 2018 world cup, the guy sets up that goal with an amazing inch perfect 40 metre pass to Suarez. He's got more than "battling" qualities.
Don't take one word I said out of context and act like I said that's the only quality he has. If he was just a 'work horse' he wouldn't have had the career he had, and scored the amount of goals he did.

What I was implying is that you can't compare him to RVP, in the sense that RVP could dominate a game from CF, and was the complete striker. That's not Cavani's game, but doesn't mean that he's not a top striker. In fact, Cavani has a lot of the attributes as a no. 9 that we've been missing since RVP left, but RVP was a difference animal altogether that season.
 

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He is just technically far inferior to me. He can’t keep hold of the ball in all situations, his passing and link play is not as advanced either. He doesn’t have the same quality of touch. For Cavani to be at his best, he needs to ideally be taking a shot within his first one to three touches on the ball. Ideally his first. He looks a more and more average player as that number increases, whereas Martial can look a top player well into 6-10 touches I think.

Edi’s strengths lie in his movement and instinctive finishing, but I don’t think he’s comparable to Martial in any other aspect of his game.
Martial's a better dribbler that's for sure.

That's the only aspect of his game I would give him over Cavani, however. Martial's all round play (particularly his passing) is pretty poor and largely overlooked because of his ability to dribble at players.
 

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Don't take one word I said out of context and act like I said that's the only quality he has. If he was just a 'work horse' he wouldn't have had the career he had, and scored the amount of goals he did.

What I was implying is that you can't compare him to RVP, in the sense that RVP could dominate a game from CF, and was the complete striker. That's not Cavani's game, but doesn't mean that he's not a top striker. In fact, Cavani has a lot of the attributes as a no. 9 that we've been missing since RVP left, but RVP was a difference animal altogether that season.
Yeah fair enough, I know what you mean. Perhaps I shouldn’t have quoted your post. I was speaking more in general as some seem to think he’s not a technical player which is untrue if you watch him at his absolute best.

A lot of people seem to forget (or not realise) that he also played as a right winger for many years for both PSG and Uruguay.
 

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This is one signing I love being totally wrong about.


Thought we were gaining a falcao past it last big payday sort of signing......gained a player who is still quality and is bringing a winning mentality to the team, and setting a high high example to the players.

Top signing.
 
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Why can't the others put the work he does?
It's so frustrating seeing that he's around 10 years older and is running non stop, to get into positions, pulling away defenders and even working back

Martial and Rashford who are younger and quicker should have no excuses

Cavani is a top professional
 

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Came on and fecked up about every touch he had. He worked harder at least but needs to do more than that.,
 

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Came on and fecked up about every touch he had. He worked harder at least but needs to do more than that.,
Agree. I like him but he didn't make a single correct touch on the ball. Everything he touched was shit.
 

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Awful and anonymous. At least martial and rashford had a go and got on the ball. Greenwood had a couple of half chances too and was unlucky to go off
 

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Didnt happen for him but at least he has movement in the box and works his socks off. He a must start player imo.
 

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Awful and anonymous. At least martial and rashford had a go and got on the ball. Greenwood had a couple of half chances too and was unlucky to go off
:lol:

Martial and Rashford had a go? Give the match another watch and follow those two a bit, then compare their movements in and around the box across the 90 compared to Cavani's. Then you will understand what "effort" means
 

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It's hard for a player coming on to a field with another team with 11 men behind the ball, he's also the type of player the needs chances carved out for him and that wasn't happening last night.

In terms of him being rested, he's 33 years of age he will need a rest here and there and last night was the ideal game really. The rest of the team should be stepping up to the plate and seeing teams like Sheff United off.
 

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He's a great professional but not the answer to our attack at this stage of his career.

The target should be to get someone younger who has no problem of providing similar workrate to him and not just stand there watching like the others.
 

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He’s going to be 34 in few weeks so it’s obviously need to be managed well and the manager was initially right not to start him against Sheffield United despite of lost the match, it’s too bad the others were shit. If we didn’t have Liverpool in FA Cup but instead we have some league two or non league team, he would be starting against Sheffield United and rested in FA Cup. Our FA Cup game is west ham, I expect Cavani to play in all our league games from now and rest in the west ham FA Cup. To me Martial time as no 9 should be up and l think it’s only matter of time before Ole has enough with the guy.

Work his socks off everytime, whether it’s poor or good performance. Constantly moving whether when the team on the ball or in the defensive transition. His determination and hunger are top top level.
 

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Didnt happen for him but at least he has movement in the box and works his socks off. He a must start player imo.
Yeah there were a few occasions where he ran back and hassled Sheffield United players with the ball. Meanwhile Rashford and Martial just strolled around the pitch for 90 minutes.
 

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Yeah there were a few occasions where he ran back and hassled Sheffield United players with the ball. Meanwhile Rashford and Martial just strolled around the pitch for 90 minutes.
That last sentence is the biggest problem
 

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The free pass he's getting is infuriating, from the press and the manager :houllier:

An ever so slightly better version of our Falcao.
 

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The free pass he's getting is infuriating, from the press and the manager :houllier:

An ever so slightly better version of our Falcao.
You’re joking right, and Martial and Rashford getting off Scott free. Cavani deserves to be on that pitch for his work rate alone
 

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Two big big chances wasted. He needs to score those if we want to win anything.
 

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The free pass he's getting is infuriating, from the press and the manager :houllier:

An ever so slightly better version of our Falcao.
I think he's been alright, but 5 goals in 20 are far from good enough.
 

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Missed two great chances and it’s annoying but at least he’s getting in those positions. I’d take that over an attacker flouncing about as far away from goal and physical challenges as possible.
 

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Oh look, new player joins us, starts really well, then quickly gets infected from our players and starts doing everything bad they're doing.