Michael Owen reserves praise for one special Manchester United player after win over Aston Villa

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When Bertrand Traore scored the opener for Aston Villa in the first-half at the Villa Park, he must have believed that there was hope for an upset against Manchester United.

However, United went into turbo mode in the second half, and quickfire goals from Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood put United in front, before a stunning late goal from substitute Edinson Cavani ensured Manchester United won the game 3-1.

Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen was full of praise for Cavani, and hailed his movement as one of the best he has ever seen.

“You look at the players and think, they must have players who can come on and impact games. And they have,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“You look at the likes of Cavani on the bench there. His movement is just absolutely up there with the greatest, the best in the world in my eyes.

“I think he’s unbelievable when crosses are coming in. How he nips in defenders, times his run and the actual finishes as well are absolutely brilliant.”

He added: “The guy is unbelievable. His timing of runs is just brilliant. The way he glides in front of his man, sometimes he goes behind, but it’s the timing.

“Sometimes he makes the finish much harder than it is because he always nicks in front of the man. People talk about him and say, ‘Oh he misses loads of chances’, it’s because he makes it so hard for himself a lot of the time by always getting across and nipping across the front man.

“These other strikers they wouldn’t even put themselves in dangerous positions but he does. He is the best timer of runs.

“In the first half, that would never have happened. Marcus Rashford – very good player, but he would never make that kind of run.

“Cavani is the epitome of a centre-forward.”