Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reveals that Edinson Cavani requested to start on the bench against Burnley on Sunday.
Man United maintained their momentum in the Premier League to five straight wins after beating the Clarets 3-1 at Old Trafford to cut the gap to eight points behind Manchester City in the first position.
Edinson Cavani has been an important player for the Red Devils since his summer move to the Theatre of Dreams and on Sunday, he marked his third goal in a row with a fine finish against Burnley.
The 34-year-old had scored two crucial goals in his starts against Tottenham and Granada in the Premier League and Europa League and was on the verge of starting his third game in a row for Manchester United against the Clarets, something Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was wary about due to how long the Uruguayan international had started three games in a row in one week.
Many fans disagreed with Solskjaer’s decision to drop the veteran forward on the bench against Burnley but the Norwegian boss has revealed that it was exactly what Edinson Cavani wanted.
‘We’ve got to manage him [Edinson Cavani] well,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“He’s not played or started three games in a week for a long time Edinson so when I spoke to him he felt being a substitute was the best thing.”
Despite Cavani’s warning, Solskjaer did decide to start Marcus Rashford even with his ongoing foot injury problems.
‘With Marcus, it’s a long time since I’ve asked him how you are and he’s said good,” Solskjaer added.
“A very long time.”
Mason Greenwood scored twice before Edinson Cavani scored Man United’s third goal from a close-range in the additional minutes.