There have been loads of positives for Manchester United to take from their commanding 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain earlier this week.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer answered his critics with an impressed tactical strategy, Marcus Rashford proved that lightning can strike twice along with his good winner, whereas Axel Tuanzebe bullied Kylian Mbappe like he was a cocky 12 months 7 who had simply tried to steal a soccer from a no-nonsense 12 months 11.
Not solely was there lots to dissect from the general efficiency on the evening however United’s win in Paris additionally hinted at what could possibly be to observe, with three summer time signings nonetheless but to make their debuts for the membership.
Facundo Pellistri travelled however will must be eased into motion, Amad Diallo might be becoming a member of at a later date; although Edinson Cavani could possibly be on the pitch as early as this weekend in opposition to Chelsea. His influence would be the most intriguing given his polarising popularity amongst supporters, however the tactical set-up at United could possibly be excellent in unlocking his deadliest attributes to full impact.
“He is residing for targets, residing for scoring. When he scores, when he has the arrogance, he is among the finest quantity nines in world soccer,” mentioned former coach Thomas Tuchel when requested to present his endorsement of Cavani earlier than the match this week.
The German coach is aware of Cavani higher than most, given their work collectively at PSG. However like Solskjaer did with Romelu Lukaku final yr, Tuchel sacrificed the confirmed objective scorer in favour of a extra versatile and cell ahead line.
Victory on the Parc des Princes this week proved United not want Lukaku if they’re to defy the chances and win within the French capital, but it surely additionally showcased how Solskjaer will plan to make use of the person who’s successfully changing him at Outdated Trafford.
The 33-year-old is clearly a short-term repair to ease the stress on each Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford within the ahead line, however in contrast to Lukaku, Cavani might be content material to occupy a squad position, which is able to see him used primarily from the bench. His decrease expectations for enjoying time ought to make for larger squad concord given his acceptance of restricted minutes, whereas his huge expertise might be invaluable for United’s general strategy to sport administration.
Nonetheless, maybe his best asset might be inside his physicality and health up entrance with Cavani possessing a stage of aerial prowess which hasn’t been seen on the membership since Zlatan Ibrahimovic performed. United hope Cavani can have an analogous influence to Ibrahimovic along with his expertise and management on the pitch, however it’s his menace from set-pieces which could naked the largest resemblance to the charismatic Swede.
Cavani has crafted a popularity for himself as among the finest heading threats in world soccer and with the service of each Bruno Fernandes and Alex Telles at his disposal it’s a trait that is likely to be about to get even deadlier.
United’s win over PSG on Tuesday evening demonstrated wonderful supply into the field, with captain Fernandes often trying to put early crosses behind the backline, whereas the set-piece ship of Telles was close to flawless on his first outing for the membership.
The early indicators are actually promising with United now having two set-piece specialists on the membership and in Cavani and Harry Maguire they’ve two excellent gamers to profit from such a fruitful tactic.
United’s set-piece supply was about as threatening as a Bebe cross when Solskjaer first took over, however after three constructive switch home windows it’s now one of many greatest threats.