Man Utd already had Edinson Cavani replacement but made “biggest mistake ever”

Manchester United already had a replacement for Edinson Cavani but made the “biggest mistake ever.”

That’s according to former Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood, who believes United should never have sold Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku left Old Trafford for Inter Milan in August 2019 after scoring 42 goals in 96 appearances for the Red Devils.

His departure left United short of a conventional centre-forward until Cavani joined from PSG at the start of the season.

But with the Uruguayan out of contract in the summer and able to move on when the transfer window reopens, Sherwood reckons Lukaku should never have been allowed to leave Old Trafford.

Speaking to the Metro, Sherwood said: “What they need is a centre forward. They’re going to need someone.

“They had someone and it was the biggest mistake they’ve ever made getting rid of Lukaku, who’s on fire now at Inter Milan.”

Cavani has been a real asset to United in recent weeks, scoring twice in their 6-2 demolition of Roma on Thursday.

And Sherwood also believes veteran striker’s influence on the likes of Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood cannot be understated.

“I think he’s brilliant for the younger boys”, Sherwood continued.

“For [Marcus] Rashford, [Mason] Greenwood and [Anthony] Martial to watch him every day in training is great, because what he does is an art.

“Who do United go for this summer? Is it Haaland or is it [Harry] Kane? If they get one of those two in they would certainly be up there challenging for the Premier League title next year.”

United have been linked to a whole host of potential new strikers in the summer, including Erling Haaland and Harry Kane.

Red Devils chiefs would need to break the bank to bring either of those names to Old Trafford, but it could happen if the Glazers want to prove their commitment to fans in the wake of the European Super League project.

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