Manchester United’s decision to sign Edinson Cavani was “very strange”, says Paul Scholes, with the Red Devils legend suggesting the 33-year-old striker should have signed on a two-month loan rather than a permanent addition.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to sign the experienced Uruguayan on transfer deadline day – handing him an iconic No.7 shirt in the process.
Cavani had been in the free agent pool since severing ties with Paris Saint-Germain in July, with United eventually imposing terms on him as they rushed to board bodies.
Scholes is not convinced the right decision was made when it comes to adding more firepower to the ranks at Old Trafford.
He believes Cavani can do a job, as Henrik Larsson did during a memorable loan spell under Sir Alex Ferguson, but doesn’t see South America as a long-term solution.
The Red Devils legend told Stadium Astro when asked how he expects Cavani to fare for United: “Well, we’ll have to wait and see, won’t we.
“Obviously in his time he was a great quality centre-forward. There’s no doubt about that. But he’s 33, looks like he’s going to retire. He hasn’t played much at the PSG last season.
“Five, six years ago, yes, he’s a great signing, maybe he’ll take us to the next level. But I just don’t think he’ll take us to the next level now.
Scholes added: “But that’s what Manchester United seem to be now, he seems to be – I think of the strikers we have… Cavani, he should be a loan signing.
“If you’re struggling without a centre-forward, it should be a two- or three-month loan signing just to get through a tough time.
“Similar to what Henrik Larsson did. Brilliant centre-forward, 33, 34, he just filled a little void for us, it was exactly what we needed.
“I see Cavani as that kind of person, not at 33 coming to sign a two-year contract. I find it very strange. But he won’t do it, he’ll love it. I’m sure he will.
Cavani has already set ambitious goals for United, with the former Napoli and PSG star adamantly saying he can help Solskjaer’s side compete for top honors at home and abroad.