Edinson Cavani wants Manchester United to get back on track in this crucial week.

Cavani was absent for United’s defeat to Leicester City due to playing for Uruguay less than 48 hours before.

The striker hopes to be available for this week’s Champions League game with Atalanta at Old Trafford.

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Cavani is aiming to inject a bit of positivity into a United side. It comes at a vital time with ESPN reporting the dressing room atmosphere has been left ‘flat’ after the recent poor form.

On Monday, Cavani sent out a very simple message on Instagram, of himself wearing a United shirt, with the word ‘Vamos’, which translates as ‘Let’s go’.

Fitting Cavani in

The last game Cavani was available for, he started. This was against Everton and there was an almighty furore in the media over Cristiano Ronaldo being left out.

United drew the game 1-1, but were winning 1-0 when Cavani was on the pitch.

But it’s still not a good idea to drop Cristiano Ronaldo for a crucial Champions League game, especially with Solskjaer under pressure from fans and the media.

 

So Cavani will either have to be picked wide, or there would be a formation shift to a 3-5-2.

A Ronaldo and Cavani two up front could work well, but it’s just as likely United would complement Ronaldo with a younger player like Marcus Rashford or Mason Greenwood, who do not otherwise fit into the system.

The most likely scenario is Cavani will be on the bench and be used as an impact substitute for this fixture.

How long he will be happy with this is a big question. There is another huge game against Liverpool this weekend where the same dilemma will arise, and then further big matches against Tottenham, Atalanta and Manchester City.

Right now Cavani is back and ready to try and make an impact however United use him. His cause is not helped by his own disappointing form, with no goals in eight appearances for club and country.

Given that he was not present for the weekend disaster against Leicester, simply having him back as a fresh face in the dressing room could have a big impact as United look to get back on track.

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