Tue. Jan 26th, 2021

Man Utd


How Manchester United changed their attacking approach with Edinson Cavani

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the presence of Edinson Cavani allowed Manchester United to play more direct in their 4-1 Champions League win over Istanbul Basaksehir.

Cavani, 33, made his first United start with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford on the wings and Bruno Fernandes in the playmaker role as Solskjaer made just two changes to the team which laboured to victory against West Brom.

Although Cavani did not score on his full United debut his expertise as an out-and-out striker was evident as United had 16 shots at goal in another impressive European display at Old Trafford.

“I thought there were some excellent attacks at times,” Solskjaer said. “One or two touch football. We started out well with getting round the team, putting some crosses in, which is something we’ve not been known for lately.

“But with Edinson it’s a different centre forward in there and some of the attacks – the last goal was a good example of one or two touch football, so very happy.

“Edinson and Donny [van de Beek] did really well, both of them, I think the whole team did really well, we found our positions, the tempo with the ball was really good.

“We deserved the win after that first-half. Second-half is always different and difficult to keep the tempo when you’re winning 3-0.”

United only need a point to secure qualification for the round-of-16 and host Paris Saint-Germain next Wednesday. PSG beat RB Leipzig on Tuesday night to go second in the group and have six points after four games – the same as the Bundesliga side.

United’s final group game is in Leipzig on December 8. “The group is still very open,” Solskjaer acknowledged. “We’ve got nine (points), two are on six and Basaksehir on three. We still need points to go through, one probably should be enough and thee maybe gives you the (group) win.

“So hopefully it’s gonna be two against PSG we can secure the points we need, but that’s another matter.”

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