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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves ball in Edinson Cavani’s court for Man Utd return

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has opted to change the entire starting XI for the Carabao Cup clash vs West Ham, but there is no place for Edinson Cavani

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Edinson Cavani is still unable to play for Manchester United, having not trained enough to be fully fit.

The United boss has made 11 changes from the side which beat West Ham in the Premier League, as they take on the same opponents in the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.

It was a dramatic victory for the Red Devils on Sunday, with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Jesse Lingard putting them 2-1 in front with minutes to go.

But David de Gea was the injury-time hero, clawing out a 96th minute Mark Noble penalty to ensure Solskjaer’s side kept pace with the early Premier League leaders.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offered an insight into Manchester United’s line-up having made 11 changes from the weekend




And with the Carabao Cup way down Solskjaer’s list of priorities, he has opted to change his entire XI, offering chances to a number of fringe stars.

The Norwegian is using the tie to give minutes to those who have found them difficult to come by in the league – but Cavani remains absent.

Cavani has made just one substitute appearance for Manchester United this season, with Ronaldo’s arrival pushing the Uruguayan down the pecking order.









After signing a one-year contract extension, the striker was granted an extended summer break in order to return to see his family in South America.

Upon his return however, he picked up a strain in their behind-closed-doors friendly with Stoke at the start of the month.

And Solskjaer has told MUTV that it is up to the player himself to get him in a condition ready to compete for a starting place.



Edinson Cavani has played just 37 minutes this season
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“(Cavani) has not trained enough to be part of this. He is working hard and he knows his body better than anyone. He will put his hand up when he is ready.”

It’s been a frustrating start to the season for the 34-year-old, who raised alarm bells last season when he declared himself unfit to play, despite being cleared by medical staff.

Elsewhere, Anthony Elanga and Phil Jones take their place on the bench, both of whom could make their first senior appearances of the season.







For Jones, his injury woes stretch back to January 2020 and Solskjaer admitted it was great to have both players within the squad.

He added: “Anthony is going to have a very, very good future and a good career with us, we think. So hopefully we can put him on and Phil, great to have him back. For him, for his family and for the team. We know we will need Jonah.”


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