'Unlucky' Edinson Cavani should leave Man United in January

‘Unlucky’ Edinson Cavani should leave Man United in January after losing his place to Cristiano Ronaldo for the sake of his Uruguay career, insists compatriot Gus Poyet

  • Cristiano Ronaldo made a shock return to Manchester United this summer
  • His arrival has seen striker Edinson Cavani slip down the United pecking order
  • The Uruguayan has played just 115 minutes for the Red Devils so far this term
  • The 34-year-old was also benched for Uruguay’s recent World Cup qualifiers 

Ex-Uruguay star Gus Poyet believes Edinson Cavani should try and leave Manchester United after falling down the pecking order following the return of Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo made a sensational return to Old Trafford in summer and, while fans certainly celebrated his arrival, a certain team-mate has not. 

The Portugal international’s arrival at his former club has seen Cavani’s game time severely restricted. 

Edinson Cavani (above) should leave Man United in January to save his career insists Gus Poyet

The Uruguayan started the season as the Red Devil’s main striker but has played just 115 minutes under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer so far this term. 

Despite an impressive campaign with 17 goals in 32 games last season, the striker has seen his place in the starting XI snatched away by Ronaldo. 

And, not only has the five-time Ballon d’Or winner taken Cavani’s spot but he has also pinched his No 7 shirt.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s (right) return has seen Cavani fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford

Now, former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Poyet insists the 34-year-old should move on for the benefit of his career both domestically and internationally.  

‘He was unlucky, because without Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as the main striker,’ Poyet told talkSPORT.

‘The decision of Juventus, Man City getting involved, incredibly went against one person especially – and that was Cavani.

Former Uruguay star Gus Poyet believes that Cavani must leave to save his international career

‘Maybe he should move in January. From the outside, I don’t know him, but if I was him, seeing how things are now, and seeing him not getting to 90 minutes for the national team because he’s not playing – maybe.’

Cavani was benched for both Uruguay’s recent World Cup qualifiers against Colombia and Argentina. 

He was handed a rare start from Solskjaer before the break in United’s most recent Premier League game against Everton that resulted in a 1-1 draw. 

But Cavani was pulled off  in the second-half and replaced after just 57 minutes by Ronaldo. 

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