Comparison: Edinson Cavani Would Be An Upgrade On Robin Van Persie


Manchester United’s rebuild is well under way with a number of high-profile names moving both in and out of the club in the last few weeks. The likes of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger have been added to the ranks while Nani and more significantly Robin Van Persie have moved on to pastures new.

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With the departure of Van Persie along with the impending news of Javier Herenandez transfer away from Old Trafford, United appear to be a little short in terms of numbers up front. Skipper Wayne Rooney along with James Wilson are the only recognised strikers in Louis Van Gaal’s squad going forward, ensuring the club will dip into the transfer market again before the window closes at the end of August.

One name tipped to replace Van Persie at Old Trafford is Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani who has spent the majority of his Ligue 1 career stuck out wide due to the charismatic Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Even so, Cavani’s goal scoring record is mightily impressive further cementing why the United boss is keen to add the hit man to his attack.

Cavani vs RVP Statistical Comparison

RVP had yet another season disrupted by injuries making a direct comparison a little unfair. The former Arsenal star featured 27 times in the league last season scoring 10 goals in the process. Cavani on the other hand played 8 more games than his counterpart scoring 8 more goals. Impressive considering the fact that he was stuck out wide for the bulk of the season. The Uruguayan scored a goal every 145 minutes compared to Van Persie’s 211 albeit in a slightly inferior league.

The PSG man had significantly more shots with 111 compared to RVP’s 76 and also had the edge in terms of accuracy (59% to 56%). Again impressive considering his position. Yet Van Persie was more of a team player outperforming Cavani in terms of assist and more notably key passes. 24 were made by Fenebache-bound Van Persie compared to Cavani’s 13.

With figures such as these, United would clearly benefit from a younger more mobile replacement. United’s style of play seems to suit the former Napoli man a little more than RVP, and has shown over the years that he can most certainly put the ball in the net. Should the opportunity for the 28-year-old arise, being the main man up top, it could prove the most productive spell of his career.

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