- Jan 25, 2021
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".
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).