Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to deploy two wingers alongside Edinson Cavani in order to get the best from the veteran, according to Steve McClaren. The 33-year-old moved to Old Trafford on a free transfer from PSG on deadline day. And he could be given his debut in his side’s Premier League showdown with Chelsea on Saturday night.
Cavani has been training with United ahead of their showdown with Chelsea on Saturday night and could feature in that match.
The Uruguay international could be a blockbuster new recruit for the Red Devils, having scored goals galore during spells at Napoli and PSG earlier in his career.
United are hopeful Cavani can have the same impact as former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who sparkled during his spell at Old Trafford.
And they also believe he can offer a new dimension to Solskjaer’s attack.
Now, former United coach McClaren has urged Solskjaer to surround Cavani with pace, quick wingers to get the best from him.
“Cavani is a number nine, he’s a focal number nine and when he plays what you need is two wide players,” he told talkSPORT.
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“They’ve got plenty of those in Rashford, Martial – who can’t play tonight – Mata, Greenwood, James.
“Pace on the sides with Cavani in the centre, it’s a perfect combination for them.”
McClaren also feels United’s home form has suffered because of supporters not be allowed into Old Trafford as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
“It’s one of the team’s weapon’s blunted, without a shadow of a doubt,” added Sir Alex Ferguson’s former No.2.
“Ole hasn’t won a home game this season, and I know he’s talked on record about preparation for the home games.
“Away from home they stay in a hotel, they have meetings in the morning, you get that camaraderie and that focus as soon as you get there, whereas if you’re at home it’s a little bit different, and he’s having a look at that.
“The crowd at Manchester United, it’s a old cliché that they’re the 12th man, but the honestly are in that stadium.
“They rely on the crowd a lot, because Man United crowds are unlike others, they don’t boo or show their disgust during the game, during that 90 minutes they’re with the team and they fight for the team.
“They’re missing that. Without a home win this season, they’re definitely missing something.”
United star Fred has hailed Cavani’s professionalism ahead of the Chelsea match, with the Brazil international saying: “He’s a superb centre-forward. He plays for Uruguay, and he has scored a lot of goals for Paris Saint-Germain.
“I’m sure he’ll bring a lot of passion to the team. Watching him play, you see he’s constantly battling, always looking to score.
“I’m sure that he’ll bring a lot to our group, our squad.”
He then added: “Of course, Cavani is older, more experienced [than our other strikers], so I’m sure Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] and Anthony [Martial] will learn from him in that position – as they do from Odion Ighalo, too.
“The players there will learn as he’s a bit more experienced. I watch the more experienced players in my position and I look to see what they’re doing, right or wrong, to learn from them.
“I’m sure they [our forwards] will learn from Cavani as well, in the same way they have learnt from Odion and other centre-forwards.
“He’s come to help, to add to the team, and I’m certain he’ll contribute a lot.”
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