Three reasons Edinson Cavani must start against Everton
Manchester United head to Goodison Park for a Carabao Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night.
There will be a degree of rotation amid a packed fixture schedule, and this is the ideal moment for Cavani to come back into the starting line-up.
Here is a look at three reasons why the Uruguayan needs to be among the starters as United push towards another trophy…
He has to get his sharpness back
Cavani last started in United’s win over West Ham on December 5. He was substituted at half-time after picking up an injury, and went onto miss the following three games entirely.
He returned as a substitute against Leeds at the weekend and United need him to re-develop the match sharpness he displayed against Southampton.
There are crucial games upcoming against Leicester, Wolves, and Aston Villa, and United need Cavani firing on all cylinders.
Cavani showed against Southampton what a big asset he can be. He will be keen to return to this level.
Anthony Martial has shown improvement over the past two games with four goal contributions (one goal, three assists), and so Cavani will be motivated to play well and earn his way back into the starting line-up.
Big game player
Cavani will be motivated to step up in this quarter-final tie and will relish the occasion.
His Champions League campaign turned into a little of a disappointment, starting only one match in the competition. So he will want to make up for that.
He already has a goal at Goodison Park to his name and will know what to expect against the Toffees.
With experience playing in title winning sides for PSG, and at World Cups for Uruguay, Cavani will not be fazed by a Carabao Cup tie at Everton.
Given the opportunity to win silverware, Cavani may see this as a moment to make his mark at Manchester United.
Ighalo has not played for months
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown a desire to rotate in the Carabao Cup.
But the striker who started both previous Carabao Cup games was Odion Ighalo, and he has not started a match since the last fixture at the end of September.
He has only played one minute since, and if Solskjaer was serious about using him for this fixture, surely he would have given him a few more minutes from the bench.
Cavani is United’s best option to rotate Martial and Rashford, and Mason Greenwood could be in the mix too. Ighalo might get a spot on the bench, at the most.
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