Forget Joshua King, Manchester United need Edinson Cavani

Manchester United fail in their bid for Joshua King

Manchester United have failed in a bid for Joshua King on deadline day this January transfer window. Sky Sports have later reported that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering a second bid for the Bournemouth man.

Of course, the Cherries will be desperate to keep the former United player in the midst of this worrying relegation battle. Bournemouth are currently in the drop zone, and the signs are increasingly in favour of Eddie Howe's men facing relegation to the Championship.

Solskjaer and King are both Norwegian, and the United boss managed him in the club's reserves before he left for Blackburn Rovers. Now, it seems as if Solskjaer wants to reunite with his compatriot, seven years after the forward left the club.

Edinson Cavani was available

Edinson Cavani has long been linked with United, having reportedly turned down the club in 2014 when Louis Van Gaal was seeking a replacement for Robin Van Persie and the ageing Wayne Rooney.

These days, the Paris Saint-Germain star is the club's all-time top scorer but has found himself out of the team for much of this season. It was also reported earlier this month that Cavani had handed in a transfer request, although Atletico Madrid have remained the favourites to sign him throughout the window.

Now, with his current situation considered and the fact he turns 33 in two weeks, United surely could have put pen to paper here for a decent price.

One gets you goals, the other does not

King was once upon a time a promising youngster at United, but with just two appearances for the first-team, his reputation quickly faded. Now, it is easy to forget that the former United man isn't even that young anymore, after he turned 28 two weeks ago.

Now, King has 47 goals in 160 appearances for the Cherries, which is not exactly a memorable statistic. Yes, it is important to remember the level in which Bournemouth compete and that goals are not exactly an every game occurrence for their forwards. However, King's 24 goals in his last two-and-a-half seasons in the Premier League is enough for United to ignore this transfer, surely.

On the other hand, Cavani has managed to bag 198 goals in 293 games for PSG, after netting 104 times in 138 appearances for Napoli. Indeed, these are better teams than Bournemouth, but isn't that what United should be aiming for? Shouldn't the 20-times champions desire one of Europe's greatest, rather than a former promising youngster?

It's simple: One gets you goals, the other does not. As much as King would be a decent acquisition, Cavani will hit the back of the net, as he has proved for the past decade.


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