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Alan Shearer pinpoints how Edinson Cavani sets himself apart from Man Utd stars

Alan Shearer has heaped praise on Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani after his impressive showing against Leicester City.

Cavani came off the bench against the Foxes – as he has for most of his appearances in the Premier League this season – and looked solid.

He didn’t have a lot of time to make an impression, having only come on in the last 15 minutes, but Shearer noted one thing he did to cause Leicester problems.

The former Newcastle striker explained on Match of the Day that Cavani was having success with his movement because of the way he collected the ball from his team-mates.

Shearer detailed how he noticed that Cavani was taking the ball on the half-turn, meaning he didn’t have to turn and face defenders and face a footrace.

Due to the Uruguayan’s diminishing pace, he puts himself at an advantage by taking the ball while already turning the defender instead of receiving the ball with his back to goal.

Shearer said: "There were two great examples of movement, touch, technique and bringing people into the game from [Jamie] Vardy and Cavani.

"Cavani tends to take the ball on the half turn, which is great as too many times I see centre forwards collecting the ball with their back to goal.

"He has great awareness and provided a lovely through ball (for the Fernandes goal).

"It was absolutely magnificent and his technique was spot on. They [Cavani and Vardy] are two very good forwards."

Cavani has largely been used as an impact substitute this season, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warned him that he’ll have to get used to not starting.

He said: “It will have to be that way for a while for him now, that he gets used to English football and the demands of this season because it's very much stop-and-start and a game every three days.

"He made a great impact today and in the squad."

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