Gary Neville believes that Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood have a “lot to learn” from Edinson Cavani if they are to improve as Manchester United players.
United have enjoyed several attacking talents in recent years, without one player ever concreting their role up top.
Indeed, seasoned Premier League players Rashford and Martial have often operated out wide in recent seasons. Greenwood, meanwhile, has shown his true talent, but remains a developing player.
But while Cavani began the season making impacts off the bench, his influence in a United shirt has grown. He has started the past three Premier League games, scoring three goals in the past five top-flight matches.
His latest effort came in the 3-3 draw with Everton on Saturday. As such, Neville admitted after the match that he got the October deadline-day signing wrong.
“Yeah I was a little bit nervous,” Neville told Sky Sports about the signing.
“Obviously the last minute nature of his arrival, reminiscent of signings that have gone wrong over the past few years for Manchester United. But I have to say he’s been a revelation.
“His attitude, which is the only real question about him because his quality is fantastic, is spot on.
“His out of possession work is far better than [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood.”
Neville then told United’s other three strikers that a chasm between themselves and Cavani remains.
Indeed, the pundit noted that none of the trio have managed to nail down the striker’s role.
Man Utd trio must learn from Cavani
“They’ve got a lot to learn those young players in terms of how he operates when Manchester United haven’t got the ball and I think ultimately, those young three I’ve named, haven’t grabbed that No.9 spot,” Neville added.
“He’s come in, off the bench to start with, then you see his movement when he’s started playing, they look more physical up front when he’s there and he’s done brilliantly for United in this last month or so.”
United ended up throwing away two leads against Everton, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin scoring a last-gasp equaliser.
As such, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed that his side were never Premier League title contenders.