‘As good as any striker in the world’ – Keane full of praise for ‘clever’ Cavani

Roy Keane was full of praise for Edinson Cavani after witnessing his influential performance in Manchester United’s 3-1 win over Spurs.

Almost 12 months ago, Keane was left absolutely furious following United’s last trip to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, infamously saying he would be ‘swinging punches’ in the direction of David de Gea and Harry Maguire for their involvement in Steven Berwijn’s opener in what was the first Premier League game following Project Restart.

This time around, the former Manchester United skipper was a much happier man, watching his side come from behind to beat Jose Mourinho’s inconsistent side 3-1.

The Red Devils thought they had taken lead after 35 minutes, Edinson Cavani making a lovely darting run to meet a Paul Pogba pass before firing past Hugo Lloris, only to see it harshly chalked off for a supposed foul by Scott McTominay in the buildup.

Heung Min Son gave Spurs the lead before the break before Fred levelled the scores 12 minutes after the interval, the Brazilian following in after Lloris had saved Cavani’s initial effort.

The Uruguayan would eventually get his goal with 11 minutes to play, producing a smart diving header to get on the end of a Mason Greenwood cross, before the teenager rounded off the scoring in added time.

It was a game in which the former PSG striker showcased all of his goalscoring prowess and attacking experience, constantly making excellent movement in the penalty area, much to the pleasure of the often hard-to-please Irishman Keane, who was full of praise for the United number seven.

“His performance was outstanding,” he told Sky Sports.

“He was frustrated at half time no doubt with the goal disallowed.

“But if you look at strikers around world football – obviously we’ve seen at his previous clubs – his movement is as good as any striker in the world, he is a clever, smart guy.

“Okay, he doesn’t stretch teams like [Anthony] Martial does or whatever but his movement [and] his finishing, is up there with the best in the world.”

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