ESPN’s Julien Laurens warns that it may take some time before Edinson Cavani makes his Manchester United debut.
Edinson Cavani became one of United’s latest additions on transfer deadline day this summer. The Uruguayan forward put pen to paper on a one year deal that will see him spend the rest of this season at Old Trafford. \
The deal was much anticipated as the striker had not found a new club after letting his contract with Paris expire earlier in the year. Cavani has played no minutes since March when Ligue 1 prematurely ended their 19/20 season amidst COVID-19.
Cavani left PSG after not being included in the squad that headed to Lisbon to compete in the UEFA Champions League bubble in August.
Cavani began training himself immediately in an attempt to remain fit as a free agent in search of a new challenge.
Reports suggested the forward would join Benfica in a deal which would have worked wonders for Liga Nos. The move fell through as Benfica were not willing to meet the salary required by Cavani’s camp.
Laurens is now claiming that Edinson Cavani will not soon be in any shape or form, to compete in United red.
Speaking to ESPN FC he explained that Anthony Martial will with no doubt still be United’s first choice 9 once returning from his 3-match suspension. Martial has been in great form as of late and has forged a wonderful relationship with Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford.
“He hasn’t played football since February and hasn’t trained with a squad since February,” Laurens continued.
“He’s not fit, even if he kept himself fit on his own or with a fitness coach maybe in the last few weeks. But he is not ready to go back into a team and play games, I don’t think any time soon.”
“He’ll need a little bit of time to work on his fitness, to work with the coaches there before he can even think about playing at United. Then, what do you do with Martial?”
“I still think that the Martial, with the way he played last season and his relationship with Rashford, Pogba and Fernandes, his relationship is well established compared to Cavani.”
I dont think hell walk straught in, I think Martial will still be number one. But Cavani will add somehting different to the team, he can be reliable and dependant on the rest of the team.”
“If the service isnt there hes not going to be very useful to Manchester United.”
Regardless of any speculative opinions on Cavani’s place at United, there is no doubt that his experience will bolster a young Manchester United squad.