‘How have we ended up here… My emotion when I heard was the feeling I had when Falcao signed’: Manchester United legend Gary Neville not convinced by imminent signing of Edinson Cavani and questions club’s transfer strategy
- Manchester United are imminently set to confirm the arrival of Edinson Cavani
- The veteran striker is a free agent and has been waiting for a club all summer
- Gary Neville feels United have no transfer strategy and did not plan the move
- The United legend says he greeted the news the same as Radamel Falcao’s deal
Manchester United legend Gary Neville is already asking serious questions regarding his former club’s shock move for Edinson Cavani.
The Uruguayan striker is set to be imminently confirmed as a United player and unveiled on deadline day, though Neville admits he has been left bemused by the move.
While keen to talk up Cavani’s many strengths and qualities, Neville insists United had other areas to improve upon in order to get back within reach of neighbours Manchester City.
Gary Neville feels Man United have gone for Edinson Cavani out of impulse, not planning
Speaking on Sky Sports prior to United’s clash with Tottenham, Neville offered his frank opinions regarding the move which has got the football world talking.
‘I think my emotion yesterday when I heard about it was the feeling I probably had when Falcao signed, Ibrahimovic signed, Ighalo signed,’ Neville began.
‘It’s very last minute, it’s come up out of nowhere. There’s an element of thrill to it, an element of intrigue and excitement because he’s one of the world’s greatest strikers over the last five years, you hope he can come here and set the Premier League on fire.
Seemingly out of nowhere Cavani is now on the brink of joining United as a free agent
‘There is an element of how have we ended up here, Manchester United two or three months ago had a great period, great class, Marcus Rashford’s work, finished third in the league, and you just though that’s as close as City they can get with this squad.
‘You think they can go and get three or four signings and potentially close the gap this season.
But we’re here on the eve of the transfer deadline and nothing’s been done apart from [Donny] Van de Beek who at this moment in time can’t break into a packed midfield.
‘So Cavani will be welcome, he’s different to the other strikers. I hope he comes fit and firing. He’s always worked hard, had a good attitude and work ethic so I don’t think there’s a doubt around that.
Neville has likened the impulsive purchase of Cavani to the signing of Radamel Falcao
‘He’s not the type to come for a swansong or a pay-off, I think he’s got more about him. We had great tussles against him for England and obviously I’ve seen him for Paris Saint Germain.
‘I don’t think he will come with anything other than trying to prove himself but I don’t think it was in the strategy and wasn’t in the plan, and certainly couldn’t have been because something like this couldn’t have been kept quiet.’
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