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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see more from Edinson Cavani in Manchester United training

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Edinson Cavani can’t ‘live on memory’ if he is to win a place in the Manchester United starting XI, with the deadline-day signing still yet to ‘tick all the boxes’. 

The Uruguayan forward was left at home on Monday as Solskjaer and Co travelled to Paris for their Champions League opener against PSG on Tuesday.

Reports in the build-up to the game suggested that Cavani could make his debut for United against his former club at the Parc des Princes. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Edinson Cavani (L) will need to continue to prove himself in training

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Edinson Cavani (L) will need to continue to prove himself in training

The United boss insists Cavani is 'still to tick all the boxes' since making his deadline-day move

The United boss insists Cavani is ‘still to tick all the boxes’ since making his deadline-day move

However, United fans hoping to get a glimpse at their new forward in action were left disappointed after it was announced that he had not made the trip with the rest of the first-team squad.

And Solskjaer has insisted that the 33-year-old will need to prove himself in training if he is to win a spot in his team. 

‘He’s naturally fit. He is fit enough but he needs to play football with the rest of the players and be in those kinds of situations,’ Solskjaer told the club’s official website when asked about his decision to leave Cavani out. 

‘Of course, you can’t live on memory, really, because it’a been a while. He’s very thorough, professional and he knows what he needs and what he wants. 

Cavani (L) did not travel with the first team to Paris for their Champions League clash with PSG

Cavani (L) did not travel with the first team to Paris for their Champions League clash with PSG

Solskjaer said Cavani can't 'live on memory' if he is to win a place in the United starting XI

Solskjaer said Cavani can’t ‘live on memory’ if he is to win a place in the United starting XI

‘He still hasn’t ticked all the boxes before he’s available to play.’

Club captain Harry Maguire also did not travel with the group despite starring and scoring in the Red Devils’ 4-1 win over Newcastle at the weekend.

There were calls for Maguire to be dropped for United’s clash against the Magpies after the defender endured a torrid time for club and country recently, following his sending off against Denmark while on international duty with England.

There were doubts whether Maguire would be fit enough to feature at St James’ Park at all after the beleaguered centre back picked up a knock before his sending off at Wembley. 

Maguire was unable to hide his dismay after being shown the red card, and the incident followed his arrest on holiday in August after a heated altercation outside a bar on the Greek island of Mykonos.

Club captain Harry Maguire (left) also didn't travel with the squad to Paris on Monday

Club captain Harry Maguire (left) also didn’t travel with the squad to Paris on Monday

The former Leicester man, who joined United for a fee of £80million, has also been guilty of several horror mistakes that have helped pile on the misery during his club’s stuttering start to the campaign.

When asked about other absentees, Solskjaer revealed he ‘didn’t want to risk players’ fitness’ for the trip.

‘At an early stage of the season, where there’s doubt, there’s no doubt, really,’ Solskjaer added. ‘They wouldn’t be fit enough to play tomorrow. If we’d try to force them, maybe we’d make it worse. We hope that we can maybe get them back for the weekend.’

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