Manchester United still need "a real striker" despite their move for Edinson Cavani, according to the club's former coach Rene Meulensteen.
Uruguayan veteran Cavani, 33, joined United on a free transfer on the final day of the non-domestic transfer window, and he is set to provide attacking competition for the likes of Anthony Martial and Odion Ighalo, both of whom now usually play as the central forward in a 4-3-3 formation.
Cavani is Paris Saint-Germain's all-time record goalscorer with 200 strikes, and while his pedigree in European football can't be questioned, Meulensteen says he'd have liked to see United push the boat out a little more.
Referencing their former target Erling Haaland, and alluding to the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy, he says it is "strange" that United didn't set their sights higher than the free transfer arrival.
“United need a real striker, a proper No.9, one like Erling Haaland," said Meulensteen in his column for United's Scandinavian Supporters' Club.
“Just look at Bayern Munich about how important a striker is for them. Ask Tottenham or Leicester what a striker means.
“For me, it is strange that a striker has not been the main goal for United.
“Marcus Rashford can play striker, but he is not a typical striker. Anthony Martial can provide goals, but he is no goal scorer.
“Now Edinson Cavani has signed but I don’t think Manchester United should look for a 33-year-old on the last day of the transfer window.
“Cavani has an impressive scoring record but he knows nothing about Premier League. I really hope he adapts fast and gets started.
“It’s hard to understand how United end up in the position that they have to hurry around for players on deadline day.”
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