Edinson Cavani, Manchester United, and a trap for Ed Woodward 0

Most Manchester United fans will have a shortlist of players who they’d like to see join their club this Summer, and I’d wager that Edinson Cavani’s name doesn’t appear on many of them.

Cavani is a fine player and his goal-scoring record in Serie A is no anomaly, but he is a solution to a problem that United currently don’t have and so the rumours linking him with a move to Old Trafford are a slight cause for concern.

Ed Woodward’s first off-season was a disaster; it was a muddled mess of rumours, aborted transfers, and Marouane Fellaini. Doubtless, Woodward will be hoping that this Summer is different and that he can spearhead the kind of progressive activity that will allow him to step out of David Gill’s shadow.

And with that there are issues, because Woodward must surely feel a pressure to conclude a ‘big deal’ or at least the kind that allows for press-conferences, press-friendly unveiling ceremonies, and framed souvenir pictures.

Cavani would be that kind of signing, but he wouldn’t necessarily make the side any better.

United - reportedly - have a very sizeable available budget, but those funds still need to be spent responsibly. This is not the time for ‘look at me’ purchases or Chief Executives using the market for personal vindication, it’s a period for the club to be ambitious in a shrewd way and in a manner which is mindful of the Financial Fair Play regulations.

Does a £50m forward in his late twenties really fit that profile?

This Summer has to be about Manchester United, not about Ed Woodward.

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