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Manchester United have already signed an alternative to transfer targets Erling Haaland and Harry Kane, says Owen Hargreaves.
The Red Devils secured their place in the Europa League semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Granada.
With a 2-0 first-leg victory from Spain, their progress was secured after just six minutes when Edinson Cavani volleyed into the back of the net.
The Uruguayan’s strike was his ninth of the season, having arrived as a free agent from PSG last summer.
But the 34-year-old is reportedly set to leave for South America this summer, leading to speculation they could sign Borussia Dortmund’s Haaland or Tottenham’s Kane.
Hargreaves, who won the Premier League and Champions League at Old Trafford in 2008, believes that United should try harder to keep Cavani at the club.
Speaking to BT Sport at half time in the Granada win, the former midfielder said: “Obviously everyone would love to have Harry Kane and Haaland, but I just think with Cavani there, you don't have to go spend £100million on a player.
“If you spend it there… But there's other positions they need. They need a right winger, they need a central midfielder, they need another centre back.
“With Cavani there, he's almost an insurance policy and you can maybe go spend that money on three other players in important positions.
“Cavani, if he played next season the whole season, I think he easily gets you 25 goals with the other boys."
The Uruguayan also provided the goal that put United ahead against Tottenham in their 3-1 win at the weekend.
And the club legend said that Cavani’s ability in the box can also be passed on to other players at the club.
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Hargreaves added: “You've got to keep him, he's fabulous.
“First of all he's a great goalscorer. His minutes per goal show that, he's the best United player for that.
“Scholesy [Paul Scholes] made a good point, he probably hasn't had the games he would have liked for different reasons. But in the box he's one of the best, he's proven that.
“I think just as a mentor for Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] and Anthony [Martial]. I would 100 per cent keep him and invest the money into other positions to help bridge that gap.”
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