Owen Hargreaves makes massive Manchester United striker claim

Manchester United's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa league quarter final, second leg football match between Manchester United and Granada at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)
Manchester United's Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal of the UEFA Europa league quarter final, second leg football match between Manchester United and Granada at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 15, 2021. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Manchester United have been linked with making a move for a new striker in the upcoming summer transfer window over the past several months. And in that regard, they have been linked with a couple of massive names in the form of Harry Kane and Erling Haaland.

Now, it is not hard to see why the club might try to sign a new striker in the summer. Anthony Martial has looked out of form this season and only has 7 goals to his name till now according to stats from Transfermarkt.

On the other hand, the club have Edinson Cavani. The Uruguayan has impressed when he has been on the pitch. Although he has had his fair share of injury issues and is being linked with a move away from Old Trafford as well.

But when fit, it has looked like Cavani is still capable of leading the line for a top Premier League side even at the age of 34. And Owen Hargreaves believes that the club don’t need to spend big on someone like Kane or Haaland if the Uruguayan is there next season. While speaking on BT Sport and as reported by Goal, he said:

"“I think everyone would love to have Harry Kane and Haaland, but with Cavani there, you don’t have to go and spend £100 million on a player because if you spend it there, then there are other positions needed.“They need a right-winger, they need a central midfielder, they need a centre-back. With Cavani there, he’s almost an insurance policy and you can go and spend it on three other players in important positions.“I think if Cavani played the whole of next season, then he could easily get you 25 goals, with the other boys. Just as a mentor for Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and [Anthony] Martial – he’s perfect. I would 100% keep him and invest the money in other positions.”"

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Will Cavani stay at Manchester United?

There is no doubt that when fit and on the top of his game, Cavani remains a brilliant player and is arguably still the best goalscorer at the club right now. But you have to question whether he will still be at Old Trafford come next season.

He has been heavily linked with a move away in recent months with Boca Juniors being touted as his most possible destination.

At 34 years of age though, he is not a long-term solution for the club. And with Martial struggling to find his scoring boots, it might not be a bad idea for the club to go after a striker in the summer, even if not someone like Kane or Haaland, irrespective of Cavani’s future at Old Trafford.