Edinson Cavani asked Manchester United if he could play before their 6-1 defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, reports say. The Paris Saint-Germain icon is poised to join the club on a free transfer. And he could be forgiven for having second thoughts given the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team were put to the sword.
Manchester United went into their game against Tottenham on Sunday aiming to make it four wins in a row, having beaten Brighton twice and Luton.
Things got off to a positive start, with Bruno Fernandes opening the scoring from the penalty spot inside the first two minutes.
Tottenham, however, were too strong. Tanguy Nbombele and Son Heung-Min were both on target before Anthony Martial saw red for slapping Eric Lamela.
After that, it was one way traffic. Son scored again and further strikes from Harry Kane (2) and Serge Aurier made it a chastening afternoon for the Red Devils.
Many United fans have blamed the club’s poor transfer business this summer for their sluggish start to the new campaign, with Ed Woodward failing to deliver the signings of Jadon Sancho and Dayot Upamecano.
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Cavani is understood to be moving to Old Trafford on a free transfer, however, to add some experience to Solskjaer’s young frontline.
And the Times say the Uruguay international actually asked United if he could play against Tottenham, such was his eagerness to hit the ground running.
Instead, it seems he was spared the pain.
And Cavani’s move should be officially announced on transfer deadline day, with the PSG icon set to become their second signing of the summer after Donny van de Beek.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho said of the 33-year-old after the game at Old Trafford: “The team is improving, they have good players, he bought lots of young players, they bought very good players.
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“If it’s true that Cavani is coming, Cavani is one of the top strikers in the world.
“Manchester United is Manchester United, it’s not this defeat that’s going to destroy them. I can imagine they are going to react like Manchester United always react.”
Alan Shearer has slammed United, saying on Match of the Day 2: “You can sit and criticise Man United’s back four, and rightly so because they were awful.
“But, they had no protection, whatsoever, from anyone in that midfield. Particularly Pogba and Matic.
“They were a shambles against Crystal Palace when they conceded three, they were a shambles against Brighton and were fortunate.
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“They conceded all those goals today, and it should have been more.
“I can think of other words that we can use, other than shambles.
“My worry for Ole is that why haven’t they backed him?
“Why are they not investing? It doesn’t take a genius to figure out what they need.
“Why aren’t they going out and getting those players that they need?”
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