Dwight Yorke believes Edinson Cavani’s arrival at Manchester United will make their forward line as strong as rivals Liverpool and Manchester City’s.
The veteran Uruguay striker joined United on a two-year deal on transfer deadline day after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in July as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scrambled around the market to make additions.
The move saw the 33-year-old follow in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in leaving the Ligue 1 champions for Old Trafford, with the latter scoring 29 goals in 53 appearances and winning the League Cup and Europa League at United.
Dwight Yorke believes Edinson Cavani makes Man United’s attack as strong as Liverpool’s
The veteran Uruguay striker joined United after leaving Paris Saint-Germain in the summer
And former United striker Yorke believes Cavani can prove to be as successful in Manchester as the enigmatic Swede and help United join ‘the very best’ teams as a threat up front.
United’s front line options are now comprised of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Cavani.
‘We all kind of link him with Zlatan due to what he’s going to bring and the guidance he can give the younger players, but I feel from an attacking point of view, I’m not worried,’ Yorke told Sky Sports.
‘I feel like we are up there with the very best – obviously Liverpool and City, now you look at Tottenham’s front three and they’re a threat.
‘I think our front three, and probably a front four now with Cavani, can be up there with the very best on any given day. It’s a good bit of business for what we need in this present moment of time.’
Liverpool’s famed front three is made up of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, with the likes of Diogo Jota, Divock Origi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Xherdan Shaqiri and Takumi Minamino available from the bench.
City, meanwhile, boast an interchangeable line-up of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus, Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Kevin De Bruyne for their front three positions.
Tottenham, who Yorke also praised, have Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and now Gareth Bale as an attacking trident, with Lucas Moura, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn as back-up.
United’s current front three is Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford
Manchester City have the likes of Raheem Sterling, Phil Foden and Riyah Mahrez up front
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino make up Liverpool’s famed front three
While United managed to land Cavani their pursuit of No 1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund was less successful.
The Old Trafford side failed to meet the Bundesliga outfit’s £108million valuation of the 20-year-old England star, but despite that failure Yorke says the Red Devils can have no complaints about their options in the final third.
‘What has happened here is that the manager has got a choice,’ the 1999 treble winner added.
‘I don’t think that’s been an issue in terms of attacking players that are creative.
‘Certainly at the back of last season, where we were 14 games unbeaten, we probably scored four goals every game on average, so the record throughout the front three has been very impressive.
Cavani is following in the footsteps of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who spent two years at United
United however missed out on signing No1 target Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund
But Yorke – who won the treble under Sir Alex Ferguson – said they still have options up front
‘As far as I’m concerned, Ole has got that part of it totally right.
‘I expected those players to kick on, of course. Cavani coming in is always going to add more competition for the players, which is probably needed.’
United have had a disappointing start to the Premier League campaign and hit a new low last time out as they suffered a humbling 6-1 defeat at the hands of former boss Jose Mourinho and Tottenham.
The club will be looking to bounce back when they visit Newcastle a week on Saturday, however they are seeking further clarification as to whether Cavani can make his debut at St James’ Park.
Currently, due to not being in an elite athletes’ bubble and living among the general public, the Uruguayan has to quarantine for two weeks – meaning he would miss United’s next Premier League clash.
However, reports claim United are investigating whether the regulation can be bypassed somehow.