Former Arsenal great Ian Wright says that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to target a center forward who can be Manchester United’s focal point in attack, as Edinson Cavani is not capable of that specific role.
The Red Devils signed Cavani on a free transfer last summer to provide competition for Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, and Mason Greenwood upfront.
The 34-year-old, who has scored six Premier League goals, signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford that includes an option for one more year and Solskjaer has confirmed that talks will begin with the forward about his future.
Despite Cavani’s positive impact, Arsenal legend Wright still feels there is a void to fill in United’s attack and pointed to their past great forwards as the kind of center forward they should be looking to bring in.
“Back in the day when you look at all the forwards who used to play for United, they were magnificent, difficult to play against them, they were so good at everything,’ Wright said on Ringer FC’s Wrighty’s House podcast.
“I just feel that them going away from having a focal center-forward who links the play, whether it’s [Teddy] Sheringham, [Andy] Cole, and [Dwight] Yorke, the way they keep the ball better in that area a lot better than they do now.
“Even when Solskjaer played, they had a plan once they got in there, that they could play it into forwards, they could link, so the ball stays in an area where Man Utd can pick teams apart, it doesn’t happen anymore. he added.
“Even with Cavani, who’s not that guy. He’s not that link-up guy to make that happen. That kind of clever, inventive forward play in and around the last third that Man Utd just does not do.
“It’s baffling to me that Solskjaer who played in those teams is not looking for those kinds of forwards that can do that. That’s got to happen.”