Dimitar Berbatov says he is a ‘huge fan’ of new Manchester United recruit Edinson Cavani, but insists his former club should have signed a centre-back in the transfer window.
The Uruguayan has been widely considered as one of the best strikers in world football over the last decade, having left Paris Saint-Germain in June as their all-time top goalscorer, finding the back of the net 200 times in 301 games.
United were busy on deadline day, wrapping up deals for Cavani and left-back Alex Telles, as well as youngsters Willy Kambwala, Amad Diallo and Facundo Pellestri.
On the pitch, though, United’s problems have mostly been in defence, showcased by their humiliating 6-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham last weekend.
While ex-Red Devils striker Berbatov is delighted with the arrival of Cavani, he feels his former club should have strengthened in the centre-back position.
‘The disappointment amongst United fans will be deeper now than it was in recent weeks even,’ Berbatov told Betfair.
‘I see they picked up Cavani and Telles, and now the window is closed without signing a centre-back. I have said for weeks that I think they need a centre-back, and this is a show from Ole that he trusts the guys he has there already, but I feel like they should have signed someone.
‘I wonder if they really should have kept even Chris Smalling, who has had a fabulous time at Roma, but often when you loan a player, it is a sign that they are done anyway.
‘The likes of Ibrahimovic and Henrik Larsson had huge impacts late in their careers at United, and Cavani can do the same.
‘He can be a great help to Martial, Rashford, and Greenwood. He is sure to have had a good talk with Ole before signing, and while he won’t have demanded to play every game, he isn’t coming to sit on the bench either.
‘Some will say this is a panic buy, but with the speculation of players that didn’t sign, it’s clear they wanted an attacking player.
‘Sancho may not have worked out, so they get Cavani instead, and he can score goals. The really interesting question is how it affects the young boys, and what this means for Ighalo.’