Manchester United have negative Edinson Cavani belief behind the scenes at Old Trafford
Manchester United think Edinson Cavani will only play in 60 per cent of matches next term, according to reports. The Uruguay international joined the club from PSG back in October. And he enjoyed a good season for the Red Devils, netting 17 times across all competitions.
Manchester United didn’t originally intend to sign Cavani last year.
They had instead set their sights on Jadon Sancho, only to be priced out of a deal for the 21-year-old by Borussia Dortmund.
With United knowing they needed more attacking stardust, they then decided to bring Cavani to Old Trafford.
And the Uruguay international didn’t disappoint, scoring 17 goals across all competitions and enhancing his reputation as one of the best strikers on the planet.
Cavani had originally intended to quit the club for Boca Juniors back in March but, since then, has signed a new contract.
Yet GQ Magazine claim United think the 34-year-old will only be able to play in 60 per cent of matches next term because of his age.
Solskjaer frequently rested the striker last season, believing that approach was the best way to coax the best from Cavani.
And the club’s stance over his age may explain why they’ve signed Sancho already, announcing the arrival of the England international with a short statement on Thursday.
The arrival of the youngster gives Solskjaer options, boosting his attack significantly.
Sancho is capable of playing anywhere across a front three, with his versatility certainly one of his most useful attributes.
But, as a right winger by trade, it will also allow United to unleash Mason Greenwood in the No 9 role on a more regular basis.
Greenwood has spent the majority of his first-team career playing out wide, despite being a striker by trade.
Yet with Sancho now on board, the 19-year-old is set to be given more opportunities in his favourite position in the coming years.
United also have Anthony Martial ready to step in when Cavani needs a breather, though there have been suggestions the France international may be sold.
Martial scored just seven goals across all competitions last term, failing to kick on having netted 23 times in the 2019/2020 campaign.
And there have been rumours over the past week that United will look to cut him loose, especially now Sancho has finally signed on the dotted line.
Speaking in May, the Uruguayan elaborated on his decision to turn down the advances of Boca Juniors to remain at the club.
When asked what convinced him to stay, he said: “You know, to answer that question sincerely, about what the reasons were behind it and what is my motivation to stay, quite simply I would say it is exactly what this club represents, what Manchester United represents as an entity, as an organisation.
“That is down to the club itself, but also the people who work behind the scenes and within the club, obviously the supporters as well.
“As the days, weeks and months pass by, you do get to develop a huge affection for the club and I think, on a human level, it creates a bond with yourself, your team-mates and everybody who is part of the club, and you start to feel that.
“You notice that it is a real motivation and it gives you a desire to want to stay.
“I am very excited and keen to stay for another season, to give it my best, to help the club on the field as I can and hopefully bring some happiness and joy to the supporters.”
Cavani also admitted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a big factor, too.
“Talking about the relationship with the manager, I think that any influence he has had hasn’t just been now at the moment of signing a new contract, but from the very first moment, even before I had signed, with conversations that I had with the manager,” he said.
“The way that he put his trust in me, the way that he made his feelings known about me and the confidence that he had with me, that was great from the word go.
“But over time and as the months have passed, the situation has just confirmed what I originally thought about Ole and that confidence that he gave me.
“Obviously, as time has gone on and games have passed by, he has made some really positive comments privately and in the media about me, as have my team-mates and the technical staff, the backroom staff, here, so that really, really helps as well.
“I think when you are a player, it gives you a huge amount of confidence when you know you have the backing of not only your manager but also other people around you.
“When you do get glowing comments about you, that is a real positive and is something that you are really grateful for.”