Former United centre-back Ferdinand is a big admirer of the Uruguay international and his ability to throw himself into dangerous areas time and time again.
His willingness to make those runs and do the dirty work in the area is what Ferdinand sees his younger club-mates Rashford and Greenwood lacking.
Ferdinand does, however, think Greenwood can learn from Cavani and add that to his game going forwards.
‘Three goals this weekend [against Southampton] came in this area here,’ Ferdinand told BT Sport while pointing to the heart of the penalty area. ‘Four of his [Cavani’s] touches were in this area.
‘You look at the difference: Rashford and Greenwood, 60 touches between them – none of them in that area where you get a lot of goals.
‘Yes, they score goals, they score big goals, they score bangers. But they don’t get these ugly goals. Can you teach that or is it something you can learn or is it instinct?
‘The big thing is, as a defender I have to wait for where Scholesy is going to put the ball. If you’re a striker and you run early, I can’t defend that.
‘Greenwood – I think he will develop into the No. 9 here and that’s something he will have to add to his game to elevate him, to have that something different, that something else.
‘I think Cavani would say himself, he’s a stop-gap, he’s here to support these guys. They’ve got to be sponges and take on a lot of the elements of his game that they haven’t got. That’s what I would love to see.’