Edinson Cavani used to be an incredible player – symbolized by his ascent to becoming the top goalscorer in Paris Saint-Germain history – but, that’s not the player that Manchester United have purchased.
Indeed, the Uruguayan was well past his best last season. He only made 22 appearances and scored a measly seven goals. In a natural career progression, Cavani should be on his way to MLS or the Middle East to see out the end of his career.
Instead, Manchester United have offered him a deal. This offer symbolizes how deep the club’s problems truly run.
Edinson Cavani Signing Symbolizes Deeper Problems for Manchester United
Cavani Signing Sums Up Another Poor Transfer Window
Manchester United have a very good player in Bruno Fernandes. However, the signing of the midfielder is remarkable for another reason. He’s one of the only excellent signings that the club have made in recent times.
Usually, the executives at United seem to suffer from disjointed thinking. The case in point being the signing of Donny van de Beek. The Dutchman is a talented player, yet manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær seems to have no place for him. Instead, he has preferred sticking with Paul Pogba and Fernandes. What’s the point of splashing a big transfer fee on a player that is a squad player?
Even Paul Pogba, a midfielder who has flourished everywhere except for United, seems to be a weird signing. In order to succeed, Pogba needs a more defensive-minded midfielder beside him. An example of this is at the 2018 World Cup where he was well-protected by N’golo Kante and this allowed him to flourish. However, United bought Pogba with no plan to support him. Did they only want to sell shirts with his signature?
Manchester United Could Learn from Liverpool
Manchester United fans might not want to admit it, but they are like Liverpool in the 90s. The Reds also seemed obsessed with recreating their past and had no vision in the transfer market. While there were some good moments, it took until 2015 and the arrival of Jurgen Klopp to fully turn the club around.
If United don’t want to experience their own trophy drought, then they need to change their power structure and lay out a vision. Because if they don’t, then they might not be the most successful club in England for much longer.
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