Rio Ferdinand reveals his ‘worry’ over Man Utd keeping Cavani instead of signing Haaland or Kane


Ferdinand is concerned that Haaland and Kane will join United’s rivals (Picture: BT Sport)

Rio Ferdinand fears that keeping Edinson Cavani and allowing Erland Haaland and Harry Kane to join another European superpower could be problematic for Manchester United in the long run.

Ferdinand is an admirer of Cavani – who scored four times in two Europa League semi-final legs against Roma – and feels United should be looking to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

However, at 34, it’s clear the Uruguay international is a stop-gap option and is not a long-term solution to filling the No. 9 role at Old Trafford.

Ferdinand is concerned that other viable candidates to lead the line for the next five years could move elsewhere if United don’t prioritise their signing this summer.

Borussia Dortmund frontman Erling Haaland has long been admired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has been linked with an exit, while Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane is also rumoured to be keen on a summer move – with Manchester City and Chelsea among the clubs linked with both.

And Ferdinand is concerned that if United prioritise other signings rather than a centre-forward – allowing rivals to sign the likes of Haaland and Kane – they may struggle to find a player of suitable quality next summer.

Cavani is set to stay at Old Trafford (Picture: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He told BT Sport: ‘The only thing I worry about is if you let a Haaland or a Kane go somewhere else, it’s one season they get Cavani for… what happens in the year after that if you’ve allowed them to go somewhere else?

‘As much as I love Cavani – and if you’ve got the finances to keep him there still and get one of them, then you’ve got like the old days two players vying for the same position that you can bring in.

‘You can rest people. It’s a squad game these days more than ever. If you have quality all over the park like that and have depth…

‘Look at the teams doing well at the moment. Bayern Munich last season, City this season are doing well. Even Chelsea. They’ve got depth in that squad in all positions. That’s a big difference.’

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