Wednesday, 2 December 2020

'Edinson is ready' - Why Cavani is set to start for Man Utd against PSG despite FA investigation


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that the Uruguayan has 'learned his lesson' after posting a racially insensitive message on Instagram on Sunday

The spotlight was always going to be on Edinson Cavani in Manchester United's meeting with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday night.


After all, the striker spent seven years at the Parc des Princes before parting company with the French champions at the end of last season.


However, after his Instagram activity on Sunday, the focus on Cavani has only intensified ahead of the visit of his former club.

The Uruguayan posted a message on the social media site that has led to an investigation from the Football Association due to the allegedly discriminatory nature of the language used. 


Cavani has apologised for causing offence and will co-operate fully with the FA, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backing the organisation’s inquiry.


However, the United boss has no doubts over Cavani's state of mind ahead of a game that the Red Devils only need a draw from to secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.


“Edinson is ready to play," Solskjaer stated in his pre-match press conference.


"Of course, it’s special for him to play against PSG, where he is the top scorer. From knowing him, I think that will give him energy and he will be ready.


"He is so professional, experienced and he will work on his mindset today and tomorrow to be ready for the game.


“The same goes for the FA (investigation). He’s learned a lesson. It might affect him but he’ll have to put it to one side when the game’s on and the best players can put problems or the other thoughts away for a while and perform when they have to."


The post, which could land Cavani a ban, will clearly have no impact on Solskjaer’s team selection and the Norwegian will clearly be very tempted to start the striker, given the impressive nature of his performance off the bench at St Mary’s on Sunday.






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