Manchester United are lucky to have two of the best strikers in the world on the same team.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 790 goals in his career, while Cavani has 423. Cavani's contract at United is up in a year, so the Red Devils must find a way to get them both on the field as much as possible.
With Ronaldo, 36, and Cavani, 34, this demands cautious control. Both players, on the other hand, want to play and do not want to be on the bench.
"It's exciting to watch these two together," Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said during his press conference a fortnight ago. That will be a fruitful partnership. When clubs don't give you room, you like to have those two boys around the goal."
But they haven't had a lot of game time together yet. Ronaldo was substituted for Cavani in the last encounter against Everton, rather than coming on to play alongside him.
With United normally playing one striker, fitting them both into the lineup needs some creativity.
Play both in a 4-3-3 formation.
Positives: Ronaldo and Cavani are a well-matched pair in terms of their respective styles. At this point in his career, Ronaldo is more of a predator who does not press and relies on the movement of people around him.
Earlier this week, Gary Neville urged United to surround Ronaldo with players who will work as hard as Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez did in 2008.
Cavani has the work rate and pushing ability to bother opponents and open up space for Ronaldo. They can even switch positions, allowing Ronaldo to play on the left side, where some believe he is most dangerous.
Negatives: The main disadvantage is the opportunity cost, as it implies Marcus Rashford will not start until he is moved to the right or Cavani is stationed there.
Play both in a 4-4-2 formation.
Advantages: This would have been a foregone conclusion in the 1990s. Put Ronaldo and Cavani up front in a 4-4-2 and you've got yourself a win.
This would be a rash attacking strategy for United, and it would play to the team's strengths against weaker opponents.
It would be extremely difficult for opposing defenders to contain both Ronaldo and Cavani in and around the penalty area at all times.
Negatives: Fitting everyone else into the side, especially Bruno Fernandes, becomes difficult.
Fernandes isn't suited to playing out wide or as part of a midfield duo, especially with United lacking a defensive midfielder.
Play both in a 3-5-2 formation.
Positives: The Red Devils have the best talents to pull this out. With a five-man midfield, Bruno Fernandes could play behind Ronaldo and Cavani, posing a dangerous threat to opposing defenses.
Solskjaer have previously used a three-man defense, and United have the players to do so in Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, and Harry Maguire, as well as Luke Shaw.
Negatives: Assigning the wing-back roles effectively is a major challenge in this system.
Is it Shaw/Telles or Wan-Bissaka/Dalot for United? Perhaps logically, but this means that Rashford, Greenwood, and Sancho would be relegated to the bench as back-up forwards.
The alternative is to put them at wing-back, which isn't ideal either, and these three quality players deserve to be in the starting lineup rather than on the bench.
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