Earlier this month Ralf Rangnick came out and declared Edinson Cavani would be staying put, with Manchester United having no desire to let the Uruguayan leave.
And this is all well and good, providing Cavani wants to stay. There is little point keeping a player who does not want to be there, whose head in elsewhere.
Cavani was named in The Mail‘s mischief making report last week as one of several players who are unhappy at the club.
Rangnick has moved to dismiss these claims, quoted by The Telegraph saying he spoke to Cavani last week and the striker has reassured him he is happy at Old Trafford and will see out his contract.
The interim boss said: “I had a conversation with him, he came into my office and we spoke for almost half an hour and he told me he will definitely stay … until the end of the season
“He told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best and be a role model for the young players.
“For me, this is good news because Edi is one of those players, with his vast amount of experience, his mentality and work ethic, who could really be a perfect role model for the other players.”
Good news for United
Cavani is one of the players who leaves everything on the pitch, even though his last couple of performances have not returned a goal.
United’s problem has been supplying Cavani and Cristiano Ronaldo with chances, with both strikers struggling for service over the last couple of games.
It’s possible Cavani does not start tonight if Ralf Rangnick chooses to mix it up and adjust his formation after the 4-2-2-2 was dismantled by Wolves in the last game.
The good news for United is that Cavani is fit again after the problems which delayed his start to the campaign. So far he has only scored twice this season, but he should finish the season strongly.
Last season Cavani scored 13 goals between January and May, and a similar return this time around will be welcomely received at Old Trafford.
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