Here are your Manchester United morning headlines for Monday, 30 November.
Cavani could be ‘huge’ for United – Keane
Roy Keane believes Edinson Cavani could prove to be a ‘huge signing’ for Manchester United after the striker’s decisive contributions in Sunday’s win at Southampton.
Cavani replaced Mason Greenwood at half time with United trailing 2-0 and helped turn the game on its head with two well-taken headers and an assist for Bruno Fernandes.
The Uruguayan, signed on a free in the summer, is now in contention to start Wednesday’s Champions League clash against his former side Paris Saint-Germain, and Keane feels as though the Southampton game could be a sign of things to come.
“He was obviously slow getting onto the pitch with those boots,” Keane said on Sky Sports.
“Just as well he did score because how the guy isn’t prepared and ready to go on is mind-boggling. Obviously, he didn’t need the boots in the end, he scored with two headers and had a great contribution when he came on. He obviously still has that quality, and the hunger and desire.
“It was always a gamble when he came to the club. People were doubting why he came to the club, did he have the hunger and desire? We’ve seen clips of him in some other games and we thought, ‘Has he still got it?’, but we’ve seen proof of it today, he could turn out to be a huge signing for United. It’s worked out well today.”
‘We didn’t have that killer instinct’ – why Cavani replaced Greenwood
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Greenwood was taken off at the break due to ‘tactical’ reasons.
United created several chances during a frustrating first half at St Mary’s with Greenwood failing to capitalise on two promising openings on his first start in four weeks.
And with United in desperate need of inspiration, Solskjaer says he wanted to introduce Cavani while keeping his midfield diamond.
“When you’re 2-0 down, as you said, I felt we played really well, we created big moments, big chances,” said Solskjaer. “But we didn’t really have that killer instinct.
“Of course they have the quality of [James] Ward-Prowse, which is always difficult to defend against, so coming in at half-time we had to make changes.
“You can call it tactical. David got injured and, with Ed, we just wanted him on. And it was a matter of fitness, to keep the likes of Donny [van de Beek] on the pitch, Fred and Nemanja [Matic] in midfield. I thought that was going to be important and it was about taking one of the forwards off and we made the decision that we made.”
Injury woes ahead of PSG
Solskjaer could be without six first-team players for Paris Saint-Germain’s visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday evening.
David de Gea is a doubt after picking up a knock on his knee against Southampton, forcing him off at the interval, while Alex Telles was also forced off during the second half.
Paul Pogba, Scott McTominay, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial all missed the trip to St Mary’s as Solskjaer contends with a growing absentee list.
“It’s a knock just above the knee,” Solskjaer said of De Gea. “So we’ll have a scan and check on him tomorrow. Hopefully he can be ready for Wednesday but can’t promise anything now.
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Manchester United secured a dramatic comeback victory at Southampton on Sunday, largely thanks to Edinson Cavani’s two goals off the bench.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal set Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on course to battle back from 2-0 at St Mary’s, giving United a third successive Premier League win.
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“Dean [Henderson] came on, very assured, had a couple of half-saves to make but he was tidy and safe with the ball at his feet.
“Anthony had to stay in the hotel, he got ill overnight and he is down here still. Paul and Scott hopefully can start training with us tomorrow, Luke is out still, we’re not 100% sure.
“Jesse [Lingard]’s back. Phil Jones is out [and also ineligible]. David: I don’t know how he’ll react to his knock and bang. Alex had an issue towards the end but hopefully won’t be too bad.”