In January, Edinson Cavani was linked with a move away from Manchester United... but new manager Ralf Rangnick says he's "looking forward" to working with him.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding Edinson Cavani's future, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick insists he is looking forward to working with him.
The Uruguayan, 34, has only played five Premier League games this season, and reports suggest he could quit United in January.
Cavani's compatriot Gus Poyet pushed him to find a new club in October in order to save his international career.
"He was unlucky because he was playing as the main striker before Ronaldo came in," says the former Premier League boss.
"Seeing how things are today, and him not getting to 90 minutes for the national team because he's not playing - maybe he should move in January."
On Tuesday, Edinson Cavani practiced with Manchester United's first team.
Cavani's current contract with United expires in June, and he is unlikely to sign a new one after nearly departing the club in the summer.
Despite this, in an interview with the club's website, Rangnick made no mention of the striker calling time on his Old Trafford career in January.
"I'm looking forward to possibly having Rapha [Varane] back next week, Edi Cavani," the German coach stated.
"My goal is to work with all of the players throughout the majority of the season, limit the number of injuries in the coming weeks and months, and get everyone on board."
Cavani hasn't played since October due to a tendon problem, but he expects to return to the first team soon.
Rangnick is set to use several of his peripheral players in United's Champions League match against Young Boys on Wednesday evening at Old Trafford.
Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Dean Henderson, Nemanja Matic, and Juan Mata, for example, have all struggled for playing time this season.
Rangnick continued, "I want to get to know the other guys." "Those who haven't faced Crystal Palace yet."
"At this stage of the season, with the busy fixture list of the next weeks and months, it's also prudent to rest a few players."
"Because, as we witnessed against Palace, our style of play was high-intensity."
"It's not easy to play at that level with the same set of players every three days, so doing some form of rotation makes perfect sense to me."
"This is especially true in a game where we still want to win — that's our mindset."
Ralf Rangnick is excited to collaborate with Cavani.
"At Manchester United, we want to win games – but there isn't a lot on the line for us, so it makes sense to give some other players an opportunity to shine."
Rangnick stated the following about who will appear: "To provide game time for the younger players.
"But there are a few veterans who haven't gotten much game time in the past. Hopefully, Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] and Luke [Shaw] will be available for the game.
"Tomorrow, Nemanja [Matic] will be the captain. Juan Mata will play in the game. Lingard, Jesse.
"As a result, we have a number of guys who will be playing tomorrow and who are in severe need of game time."
"Mason Greenwood will also play, despite the fact that he hasn't played much in the recent couple of weeks.
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