Paul Scholes flattens Rio Ferdinand Man Utd striker theory with Zlatan Ibrahimovic example
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Manchester United icons Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes appear to have contrasting views on how much Edinson Cavani will impact the club's forwards.
The Uruguayan arrived on transfer deadline day on a free after the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract.
Cavani took a few weeks to get up to full match fitness but made the desired impact against Southampton at the weekend.
Trailing 2-0 at half-time, Cavani was introduced before setting up Bruno Fernandes and then adding two himself in what was a stunning comeback.
His presence as an out and out No.9 striker has led Ferdinand to believe he can help Martial, Rashford and Greenwood make that step.
Paul Scholes flattens Rio Ferdinand's striker theory.
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Rashford is usually deployed out wide, Martial was used up top last term but has struggled so far this season while Greenwood is often played on the opposite flank.
Scholes, though, believes Rashford and Martial didn't learn from Zlatan Ibrahimovic when he was at the club so why should it be any different this time with Cavani. He does, though, think Greenwood is the most likely to learn from his new team-mate.
"Greenwood is going to develop into the No.9 here and that's something [anticipation] I think he will have to add to his game to elevate himself," said Ferdinand.
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"To have that something different. To have something else."
"We talked so many times about United not having a proper No.9," replied Scholes. "This lad [Cavani] is a proper No.9 but it might only be for one or two years.
"We had the same with Zlatan a few years ago. Are we any further down the road?"
"I think Cavani, he would say himself, he's a stop gap, he's here to help support these guys," responded Ferdinand. "I think they've got to be sponges and take on a lot of elements of his game. That's what I would love to see."
Mason Greenwood is tipped to be the clubbed's new No.9.
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Scholes added: "What my point is, Rio, exactly what I said about Zlatan with Marcus and Martial – have they developed into centre-forwards, No.9s?
"I think they both like to think they're No.9s but to me they're both very dangerous wide players. Did they take anything from Zlatan. I'm not sure they did.
"Now we hope Mason does take something from Cavani. I think Mason, out of the three of them, he's the best finisher. He's got more chance the other two to really develop into a proper No.9."