After Manchester United’s win over Burnley last week, Edinson Cavani made a point of thanking the supporters for cheering his name at the final whistle.
This was twisted into some suspecting Cavani was saying goodbye to the Old Trafford crowd, with The Sun reporting fans feared he could force an exit.
Cavani has been strongly linked with a move to Barcelona and Brazilian side Corinthians over the past month, AS report.
Now United boss Ralf Rangnick has finally come out to end the transfer rumours once and for all with an unequivocal stance to stay Cavani will stay.
The news United fans wanted
Rangnick was quoted by The Telegraph: “I told him from the very first day that, for me, he is a highly important player. He is probably the only one who can play as a striker back to goal and face to goal.
“His professionalism, his work ethic is just amazing and I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season.
“He knows that. He also knows how highly I rate him and how highly I respect him, and that was also the reason why I played him from the beginning together with Cristiano [against Burnley].
“If at one stage we need to rest [Ronaldo] it’s no problem but then it’s even more important to have Edinson in the squad.”
An elite forward
Cavani is a joy to watch and leads the line effectively for United, with or without Ronaldo. With United’s tactics under Rangnick preferring to play two strikers, there is no situation where the South American is stuck as a back-up regularly.
Even with the competition from Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, the veteran stars are still United’s best options.
Cavani has struggled with fitness this season early on, and also been back and forth to Uruguay on international duty.
In the second half of last season he scored 13 goals and United will hope for a similar return this season.
Cavani has one last crack at the Champions League too, and not many defenders will fancy facing him and Cristiano Ronaldo.
It would have been foolish for United to let Cavani go, especially with Anthony Martial also pushing for an exit. Thankfully Rangnick has given much needed clarity to the situation.
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