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Hargreaves disagrees with Scholes over Man Utd’s “insurance policy” player

Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes are in disagreement whether Edinson Cavani is an “insurance policy” player for Manchester United.

Cavani scored after just six minutes to help seal United’s place in the Europa League semi-finals on Thursday night as they saw off Granada.

The Uruguayan is out of contract in the summer having only agreed a one-year deal last summer.

And it remains to be seen if he will be kept on for another season, having grabbed nine goals this season despite playing a bit-part role.

Former United midfielder Hargreaves wants to keep him on so the club can spend more in other areas while having the knowledge they can rely on Cavani’s experience.

Edinson Cavani scored to fire Man Utd into the semi-finals of the Europa League

“You’ve got to keep him, he’s fabulous,” Hargreaves said on BT Sport. “First of all he’s a great goalscorer. His minutes per goal show that, he’s the best United player for that.

“Scholesy made a good point, he probably hasn’t had the games he would have liked for different reasons. But in the box he’s one of the best, he’s proven that.

“I think just as a mentor for Marcus, Mason and Anthony. I would 100 per cent keep him and invest the money into other positions to help bridge that gap.

Owen Hargreaves described Edinson Cavani as an “insurance policy” player for Man Utd

“Obviously everyone would love to have Harry Kane and Haaland, but I just think with Cavani there, you don’t have to go spend £100million on a player. If you spend it there…

“But there’s other positions they need. They need a right winger, they need a central midfielder, they need another centre back.

“With Cavani there, he’s almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend that money on three other players in important positions.

“Cavani, if he played next season the whole season, I think he easily get you 25 goals with the other boys.”

Paul Scholes is worried that Cavani has bigger aspirations than staying at Man Utd on the bench

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But Scholes has concerns about Cavani’s lack of playing time this season and whether he is willing to stay on as a mentor rather than as a leading goalscorer for the club.

“I would go along with that but that’s if he plays – and it’s a big if now,” the Red Devils legend added.

“At his age, this season he has started 15 games. It’s not a lot is it?

“I do expect, if he was to stay here, and I think that’s what he is waiting for, to see if United sign a centre forward.

“He doesn’t look the type of player who would be happy to sit on the bench and be a mentor for young players. He wants to be involved and play games.

“It’s an interesting decision for him. I think he’s waiting to see if United sign a centre forward.

“If they do: ‘I’m going away, I want to play every every week’.

“Now he’s not done this year because of injuries – and that has to be a slight concern for me at his age. Next season, coming back a year older, can he sort these type of injuries he’s getting?”




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