Manchester United showed resolve and quality to come from two goals down to beat Atalanta.

Edinson Cavani was a second half substitute and while he did not get a goal himself, he was involved in United’s comeback.

Cavani actually got a touch to flick on Bruno Fernandes’ pass towards Harry Maguire for United’s equalising goal.

There is a good chance Cavani is rewarded with his first start alongside Cristiano Ronaldo this weekend.

Manchester United v Villarreal CF: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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Cavani and Ronaldo cause chaos

Ronaldo and Cavani have not had much time on the pitch together since the former rejoined from Juventus.

In the brief time they have played alongside each other, they have helped create mayhem in the opposition penalty area.

Against Aston Villa in the short spell they were on together United won a penalty. It was missed, but the impact was there.

Then against Villarreal, Cavani’s energy helped Ronaldo and the number 7 eventually struck a late winner.

Last night Cavani helped occupy the Atalanta defence while Ronaldo rose highest to do the damage.


When the pair are on together, they cause trouble. It’s hard for defenders not to be worried, by cause of their reputation alone.

As soon as Cavani starts firing, he has no goals in his last nine for club and country, defences are really in trouble.

The time is now

Marcus Rashford limped off against Atalanta. He may well be fit for the Liverpool game, but when Cavani is there as an option, why rush him?

The best course of defence is often to attack, and with Mason Greenwood ineffective against Atalanta, it could be time to give Cavani a go.

Manchester United v Atalanta: Group F - UEFA Champions League
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United can use some tactical flexibility to fit Cavani in. A 4-2-3-1 can easily adapt into a 4-2-2-2, with either Ronaldo or Cavani drifting wide.

Cavani and Ronaldo together can overwhelm Virgil van Dijk and cause Liverpool real problems this weekend.

And they are likely to get the Old Trafford crowd rocking.

Cavani has been used sparingly this season up to now. It’s time to make use of him more, and not at the expense of Ronaldo. Let them play together and they could become unstoppable.

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