Edinson Cavani is a hugely popular figure at Old Trafford, both among the the fans and manager, with Ralf Rangnick revealing he desperate for the Uruguayan to stay at the club.
Reports suggested that Cavani was keen to leave the club during this transfer window with Barcelona keen to sign him.
However, speaking to the press ahead of our Monday night game against Wolves, Rangnick has revealed he’s had lots of conversations with the striker recently and the player will be staying until the end of the season.
We have had quite a few conversations over the last couple of weeks, probably the player with whom I have spoken the most. I told him from the very first day he is a highly important player, he is probably the only one who can play as a striker back to goal and face to goal. And as I said, his professionalism and his work ethic is just amazing. I told him that I desperately want him to stay and stay until the end of the season, and he knows that. He knows how highly I rate him and how highly I respect him. That was also the reason why I played him today from the beginning, together with Cristiano.
I think you will understand that I don’t want to talk about individual players in public. I know from some players that they would want to leave. We spoke about Edi, and he knows that I will definitely not let him go. For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season, [we’re] still playing in three competitions so we will definitely need Edi. I would rather have another Edi on top of that but for me it is clear Edi has to stay. With regards to the other players, yes, our squad is maybe a little bit too big with regards to numbers, but we still have COVID [to be wary of]. We have three competitions, and we could do with a bigger squad maybe than in times without COVID.
It’s unlikely that staying will be a big issue for Cavani, if his wild celebration for Scott McTominay’s opening goal against Burnley says anything about his happiness at the club. More playing time won’t do any harm either, which is certainly on the cards given Rangnick’s preference for playing two strikers.