Paul Pogba has spoken glowingly about Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after his goal against Fulham and believes the Uruguayan brings a quality none of the team’s other forwards possess.
The Red Devils went behind at Craven Cottage on Wednesday night but responded through Cavani, who capitalised on an error from Alphonse Areola to equalise, before Pogba grabbed all three points with a brilliant left-foot finish from outside the box.
Cavani lined up through the middle, with Anthony Martial moved out wide and Marcus Rashford on the bench, and Pogba believes the former PSG frontman is finally providing the focal point and poaching abilities United have lacked.
Cavani pounced on Areola’s weak parry and rifled the ball home (Picture: Getty)
‘Everybody knows that Edi is a top-class striker and there’s few strikers like this in the world, and we had the chance to have one,’ Pogba told MUTV after the game.
‘We know the hardest goals are those goals. We have talented players – Anthony Martial, Rashy in front, even Mason [Greenwood], that they can shoot from outside and stuff – but they don’t have this, the experience of Edi, and they don’t have the same quality of Edi as well.
‘So I think we complete each other with the players we have in front and Edi can obviously show his class like he did today.
‘Those goals that we needed, at the right time, he’s always there at the right time and the right moment to help the team to win.’
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was also happy with Cavani’s performance and particular the scrappy nature of the goal he scored – the type of poacher’s effort he has always wanted United’s forwards to score more of.
Asked if Cavani’s strike was his type of goal, Solskjaer laughed and replied: ‘What are you saying!? That I just scored the scruffy goals!?
‘No but that’s a centre-forward’s goal. You’ve got to be there to score and that’s what he does.
‘And I think you can see – if you just watch him, if you have a player cam on him – his movement is incredible, fantastic.
‘We’ve got to just get used to using him more. Second half, when he gets his header, what a save from Areola. So it’s good to have different options up front.’