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Paul Scholes in full agreement with Harry Redknapp over Edinson Cavani deal

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised the club's decision to sign Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani on transfer deadline day.

After failing to land a number of their main targets, United turned to 33-year-old Cavani after he was released by PSG, with the Uruguayan forward signing a lucrative two-year deal at Old Trafford.

Cavani will be unable to make his debut in the Red Devils' match against Newcastle on Saturday due to the fact he is in quarantine, but he could be in line to make his bow for his new club against his old one when United take on PSG in the Champions League next week.

While some believe Cavani is a shrewd bit of business for United, others are less convinced, with former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp among those who feel the forward may be past his best.

Redknapp told The Sun last week: "I think you all know I like a gamble now and again… but nothing like the one Manchester United have taken in signing Edinson Cavani.

"But signing Cavani, 33, on over £200,000 a week on the final day of the transfer window did smack of desperation to me.

"If he was someone United were that keen on signing, why did they leave it so late?"

And talking to Stadium Astro, Scholes agreed with Redknapp that Cavani's age will be a concern to those involved with United.

He said: "Obviously in his day, he’s been a top quality centre-forward. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33 years old, looked like he was going to retire. He’s not played a lot of football for PSG last season.

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"Five, six years ago, yeah he’s a great signing, he’ll take us onto that next level possibly. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.

"But that’s what Manchester United seems to be now, it seems to be – I think of the forwards we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.

|If you’re struggling without a centre-forward it should be a two or three month loan signing just to get through a sticky period."

Cavani will clearly have a lot to prove when he does eventually pull on a United shirt for the first time, and he will be hoping he can help the side turn around their patchy start to the season, which has seen them lose two of their first three games in the Premier League.

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