Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes Edinson Cavani has ‘the best’ movement in world football.
The 33-year-old scored twice in United’s dramatic late comeback against Southampton on Sunday and his introduction at half-time, when the side were 2-0 down, swung the match in the Red Devils’ favour.
The Uruguayan has waited patiently for starts at the club, given he hadn’t played for seven months when he moved to Old Trafford.
But any doubts over Cavani’s quality were put to bed on Sunday as the striker displayed precisely the type of movement that has made him one of the most clinical forwards in the world over the last decade.
Speaking about Cavani’s first goal against the Saints, Neville said: ‘It’s interesting pointing out on this goal. Cavani starts there, he’s one of the best and has been for years.
‘We played against him with England, making that run in and around the near post. He does it all the time.
‘He’s always there, making that movement across defenders. It comes out to the edge of the box and (Bruno) Fernandes, and Manchester United have got four players in this area, but the one on the move is the goalscorer – the one with the instinct
‘At this point, you’re thinking it’s game on, and he really fancied it.’
But with the home side tiring, the visitors saw an opportunity for a winner and Neville believes Cavani’s movement killed the Saints.
‘As this ball went wide yesterday, and I’m on the gantry, Cavani’s always going to go in there,’ said Neville.
‘You can’t believe Southampton, two or three players who could’ve dealt with that, they haven’t gone body to body, man to man, managed his run and as he runs in there, I think he’s one of the very best at that’