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Edinson Cavani has reacted to his development as a striker after high praise from his Manchester United teammate Paul Pogba.
Following United’s 2-1 victory versus Fulham on Wednesday, in which Cavani netted the equaliser for his side, Pogba was hugely complimentary about the 33-year-old.
“Everybody knows that Edi is a top-class striker and there’s few strikers like this in the world, and we had the chance to have one,” Pogba told MUTV after the game.
“We know the hardest goals are those goals. We have talented players – Anthony Martial, Rashy [Marcus Rashford] in front, even Mason [Greenwood], that they can shoot from outside and stuff – but they don’t have this, the experience of Edi, and they don’t have the same quality of Edi as well.”
In an interview with the United Review ahead of the FA Cup fourth round clash against Liverpool this weekend, Cavani explained the difference between him and his fellow forwards.
“On many occasions, there are lots of strikers who score goals from more static positions,” he said.
“The ball comes to them, they can finish well, and they score goals.
“But you also have the other kind of striker who has the ability to sense things and anticipate where the cross is going to end up, or the ball in behind. Or when that through-ball is going to be played.
“I’ve worked really hard on anticipating the play intuitively. Looking at my team-mate to see where he’s going to play the pass, and watching the defender and how he’s moving so that I, in turn, can make a run or a move that will give me the advantage.
“And that’s something that you have to work on, and it’s also a question of focus and concentration on what you’re doing, and not just doing it naturally or for the sake of it.”
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