Manchester United don’t need Cavani or any other striker

Cavani

Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, but the Red Devils need reinforcements in defence and in midfield.

According to reports, Manchester United have a transfer kitty of over £150 million and there have been suggestions that they are willing to spend up to £60 million of it on Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani. Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is believed to be the driving force behind the move as he wants a 'superstar' signing, but such a purchase would be a frivolous one.

Aside from whether the PSG player would even qualify as a 'superstar', up front is the last area United should be focusing on in their squad overhaul in the summer. In Robin van Persie, the Red Devils have one of the best forwards in the world, while Wayne Rooney’s big contract means that he is central to their plans in the coming years.

Adnan Januzaj and record signing Juan Mata provide exciting creative options, while Shinji Kagawa, Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez are more than adequate back-ups for all attacking areas. Although United scored only 64 Premier League goals this season - 38 fewer than their title-winning neighbours Manchester City - last season this set of attackers, minus Januzaj and Mata, netted 86 times as they coasted to the league title.

Under new manager Louis van Gaal, the Old Trafford outfit should return to their previously free-scoring ways as the Dutchman will adopt a fluid, attacking 4-3-3 formation designed to get the most from Van Persie, Rooney and others.

It's highly unlikely that Cavani will be purchased to replace Van Persie as the central spearhead, meaning that the 27-year-old Urguayan would be asked to play in one of the wide attacking roles - the exact position he has been forced to play in Paris and which has caused his supposed unhappiness.

With all the existing attacking options in his squad, the new manager has enough talent and variety to rival most teams in Europe. It is not in attack that United’s problems lie: it is in midfield and in defence.

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