Michael Owen singles out ‘unbelievable’ Manchester United star Edinson Cavani after Aston Villa fightback


Michael Owen singled out Edinson Cavani for special praise (Picture: Premier League Productions)

Michael Owen heaped praise on Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after he put the gloss on their 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

Cavani came off the bench after 65 minutes and scored United’s third of the afternoon with just three minutes left of normal time.

Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood had both earlier got on the scoresheet in the second half as United fought back from Bertrand Traore’s first-half opener but Owen was again impressed with Cavani’s impact off the bench.

‘You look at the players and think, they must have players who can come on and impact games. And they have,’ Owen, the former United striker, told Premier League Productions.

‘You look at the likes of Cavani on the bench there. His movement is just absolutely up there with the greatest, the best in the world in my eyes.

‘I think he’s unbelievable when crosses are coming in. How he nips in defenders, times his run and the actual finishes as well are absolutely brilliant.’

Cavani scored United’s third (Picture: Getty Images)

He added: ‘The guy is unbelievable. His timing of runs is just brilliant.

‘The way he glides in front of his man, sometimes he goes behind, but it’s the timing.

‘Sometimes he makes the finish much harder than it is because he always nicks in front of the man. People talk about him and say, “Oh he misses loads of chances”, it’s because he makes it so hard for himself a lot of the time by always getting across and nipping across the front man.

‘These other strikers they wouldn’t even put themselves in dangerous positions but he does. He is the best timer of runs.

‘In the first half, that would never have happened. Marcus Rashford – very good player, but he would never make that kind of run.

‘Cavani is the epitome of a centre-forward.’

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