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Owen Hargreaves urges Man Utd to end striker search and focus on Jadon Sancho or Raphinha

  • April 15, 2021

Edinson Cavani
Hargreaves believes Cavani is United’s ‘insurance policy’ (Picture: Getty)

Owen Hargreaves has named Jadon Sancho and Raphinha as two players Manchester United should be targeting this summer, believing a new centre forward shouldn’t be a priority.

United are among the clubs keen to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund while they also have a long-standing interest in Harry Kane, who could push to leave Tottenham if they fail to secure Champions League football.

But with Haaland and Kane both likely to cost in the excess of £150m, Hargreaves believes United may be best served tying Edinson Cavani down for another season and spending their money elsewhere.

United are currently in talks to extend Cavani’s one-year deal with the Uruguay international thought to be considering a return to South America.

But keeping the veteran striker will allow United to focus their efforts on bringing a new centre-half, a central midfielder and a right winger, says Hargreaves, who named Leeds star Raphinha and Sancho as two compelling options.


Raphinha
Raphinha an option United should be considering (Picture: Getty)

‘With Cavani there he is almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend the money on three other players in important positions,’ Hargreaves told BT Sport.

‘Cavani, if he played the whole season, he could get you 25 goals.’

He continued: ‘They are the second highest scorers in the Premier League already, is it really their biggest issue? Everybody could do with Harry Kane or Erling Haaland.

‘Some of their best players are Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes. Those boys will get you enough goals.

‘I don’t think its realistic for United to win the Premier League next season. But they have to find a way to bridge the gap.

‘You bridge that gap by bringing in another centre back, bringing in another central midfielder and getting another right winger.

‘A lot of people have played out on that right hand side and they haven’t really found it. I think to go find a winger, Jadon Sancho would be amazing.

‘You think about Raphinha at Leeds, you think about what he could do at this United team. You can’t spend £100m on every player.’


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