Rio Ferdinand says the experience Edinson Cavani brings to Manchester United is just as invaluable off the pitch as it is on it and backed the Reds’ younger attackers to learn plenty from the striker.
At 33, the Uruguayan is comfortably the oldest attacker United have but Ferdinand believes this will be of benefit to the rest of the Reds’ attackers.
Pointing to younger players such as Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, Ferdinand said Cavani’s experience will prove important to his teammates’ development.
Yet he warned that players must want to learn from the former PSG star if they are to improve their own game.
“The amount that Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial will learn off this guy and his movement alone is unbelievable,” Ferdinand told the FIVE YouTube channel.
“It’s worth having him just for that to improve these boys but they’ve got to be willing to learn. They’ve got to want to learn.
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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 down at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.
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“They’ve got to look at Edinson Cavani and say: ‘I want that in my game. How am I going to do that? Analysis man at the club can you give me some videos of Cavani’s movement?’
“That’s the type of stuff you’ve got to do to improve. Self-analyse, self-reflect. Look at yourself. Who can I learn from? He’s the man.
“Over 200 goals at PSG listen, he knows what to do. I’d be tapping into that massively.”