Manchester United don't need £52m striker according to Martin Keown


Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes that Edinson Cavani shouldn't be at the top of Manchester United's shopping list.

For the majority of 2014 Manchester United have been linked with some of the game's top players and they are set to spend in excess of £100 million this summer in an attempt to rebuild their squad.

Players such as Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Ryan Giggs need to be replaced and that has seen names from the top European clubs linked with a move to Old Trafford.

One player who has been mentioned on more than one occasion is Edinson Cavani of Paris Saint-Germain. The Uruguayan striker joined PSG from Napoli last summer for a fee of £52.7 million making him the sixth most expensive player ever.

Cavani started his career in France very well before his form dropped off in the second half of the season. However he has still managed an impressive total of 20 goals in 38 appearances this season. Ed Woodward is believed to want to bring Cavani to United to create a more direct attacking approach from the team.

However Martin Keown believes that United don't need Cavani and it is other areas of the team they should be focusing on. Answering questions on the Daily Mail website, Keown said  "I think they're ok with the strikers with the likes of Rooney, Van Persie, Welbeck, Hernandez but I think the real problem is in midfield where they need something to run the game.

There are question marks over Ashley Young and Nani but it will depend on the philosophy of the new manager to decide on which players he buys.

Manchester United do currently possess great strikers but there are also question marks over the futures of Welbeck and Hernandez. Neither are reported to be happy with their current roles at the club; Welbeck has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Napoli, whilst Aston Villa are thought to be interested in Hernandez.

Cavani could cost in the region of £60 million and for a 27-year-old that would go against the club philosophy of not spending excess money on players over the age of 25.

Keown went on to say that strengthening the defence and midfield should be prioritised, and with Louis Van Gaal looking like the man to take over he will have limited time to rebuild.

"I don’t think striker is a priority for them at the moment. They need to decide on the future of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones and they might need a centre back or right back depending on where they see those two playing. They could also need a left back if Patrice Evra leaves."

"There is still a lot of work to be done and if it is Louis van Gaal, he will have to make time in a busy summer with the Dutch national team."



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