Keane: Manchester United-Cavani ‘gamble’ pays off

Roy Keane has claimed that Manchester United’s “gamble” to sign Edinson Cavani has paid off after he scored a brace in Sunday’s win over Southampton.

Cavani has been one of Europe’s elite goalscorers throughout his career. In seven years at PSG, he netted 200 times from 301 appearances in all competitions.

The Uraguay international’s contract expired with the French giants this summer. In October it was announced that Cavani had joined United on a one year deal with an option of a further year.

The 33-year-old got his first goal for his new club in Man United’s 3-1 victory over Everton a couple of weeks ago.

On Sunday, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were 2-0 down at half time against Southampton. Cavani was brought on for the final 45 minutes in place of Mason Greenwood.

The new signing proved to be the difference in the second half. He scored twice with his head to secure United an unlikely three points over the Saints.

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The winning goal came in the final moments of the game, as he directed Marcus Rashford’s cross into the goal past Alex McCarthy.

After the game, Keane told Sky Sports, as cited by the Daily Mail, that Cavani deserves praise for his performance against Southampton:

“It was always a gamble when he came to the club.

“People were doubting why he didn’t have a club. Did he have the hunger, the desire? We’ve seen clips of him in some other games and think ‘has he still got it?’ We’ve seen proof of it today.

“He could turn out to be a huge signing for United. It was a bit of a gamble really, but it’s worked out well today.”

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