Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Edinson Cavani has lost none of the momentum he’d built up at Manchester United after his three-match ban.
The Uruguayan striker hasn’t played since December 29 after being hit with the Football Association punishment, but he’s straight back in the United side to face Burnley at Turf Moor.
Cavani scored four goals for United before the ban but United’s condensed fixture schedule means he hasn’t been absent for long and Solskjaer expects him to hit the ground running again.
“He was disappointed to lose the games that he did and now he’s ready to again,” the United boss told MUTV. “He was just getting some momentum, his form was good and he’s trained well. It wasn’t too long as we’ve had so many games in such a short space of time.”
Eric Bailly also starts for United, with Victor Lindelof suffering a reaction to his back problem in training on Monday which ruled him out of the trip to East Lancashire.
Bailly was forced off the in the FA Cup win against Watford with a neck injury but he was desperate to feature tonight.
“He wanted to play, he was ready, he came through yesterday, he didn’t do everything but he was ok. Victor had a little reaction so we left him back,” he said.
Solskjaer has picked an attacking team to face the Clarets and United can go top of the league by three points with a victory.
That would set up an enthralling fixture against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, but Solskjaer has warned his team not to get ahead of themselves and to focus on the difficult task at hand.
“I think there’s goals in the team, there’s energy in the team, fresh legs, we should be able to defend as well,” he said.
“You get pressure on the ball here, you have to get on the front foot, you can’t let them get into your half and put pressure on you. We’ve got to stop them high up.
“You’ve got to focus on this game, these 90 minutes, you cannot think too far ahead as a player. We just have to focus on our jobs.”