Former Manchester United forward Michael Owen believes Edinson Cavani’s movement is the ‘best in the world’.
The Uruguayan became just the second player in Premier League history after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to make three goal contributions as a substitute in United’s dramatic late win against Southampton on Sunday.
Cavani assisted Bruno Fernandes to get one back before scoring two late on at St Mary’s to give United all three points.
The 33-year-old’s first goal was a classic no.9 effort, with Cavani reading the flight of the ball from a deflected Fernandes shot quicker than his team-mates and his opponents.
Cavani’s injury-time winner saw the former PSG man spin from a back-post run quickly to the front post and he executed a perfectly-timed headed flick to convert Marcus Rashford’s cross.
Owen accepts that Cavani needed time to build-up his fitness but he says the striker must start following his double against the Saints, as his movement is ‘world class’.
‘I mean that guy I’ve said before his movement is the best in the world in my opinion as a centre forward,’ said Owen.
‘I think he’s absolutely brilliant. How has he not played more since he’s been at Manchester United?!
‘He’s the only one with a real killer instinct. If I was Ole Gunnar Solskjaer I would bring him on every single game. He’s lethal in front of goal.
‘That’s a centre-forward. You can’t teach that. It’s pure instinct.’
However, the Uruguayan could face a ban after the FA launched an investigation into an Instagram story comment made by Cavani following the win against Southampton.
Cavani has since apologised for the post, which included the word ‘negrito’. The 33-year-old claims he meant no malice by the use of the word and that it was meant affectionately to a friend.