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Ferguson 'stepping in' to help Cavani chase is proof he is still needed at United

Former United boss steps in as Moyes steps up interest in PSG striker Cavani

Manchester United’s pursuit of unsettled PSG striker Edinson Cavani has taken an interesting turn with reports yesterday afternoon of Sir Alex Ferguson’s influence on a potential transfer.

Cavani only moved to PSG six months ago – for a whopping £53 million – but is understood to be unsettled in France and open to offers.

That will probably not happen in January, however, with PSG manager Laurent Blanc reluctant to sanction a move midway through the season, but United will almost certainly step up their efforts in the summer, particularly given the uncertainty surrounding Wayne Rooney.

And according to The Daily Mail, former United manager Ferguson has already been on the phone to Blanc to check on Cavani’s availability.

Ferguson’s influence is not particularly surprising, given that he managed Blanc for two years at Old Trafford, after the centre-back moved to United late in his career. Ferguson is well known for maintaining a good relationship with his former players, and his extensive network of contacts will be invaluable as United enter a period of rebuilding at the end of the season.

And it could certainly be seen as a positive development, with Ferguson and David Moyes working in tandem to try to sign a world-class striker that United certainly need.

But is it also just another example of Ferguson’s influence over Moyes? Ferguson retains an air of superiority that Moyes does not yet have. It would be too far to say it undermines Moyes, but you have to wonder how comfortable the arrangement is.

Either way, Cavani is a player of the calibre United desperately need – if anything, to ease the burden on Rooney and Robin van Persie, but also to ensure that, next season at least, United are in the hunt for the Premier League title.

Moyes said this week that United can still attract the world’s best players. This pursuit will test that assertion.

The move could also have a bearing on Rooney’s future. With Chelsea unlikely to give up their interest in the England striker, a move for Cavani could convince Rooney that his current club can still mix it with Europe’s elite.

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