Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘Hopeful’ Edinson Cavani Can Make Man Utd Debut Against Chelsea

Edinson Cavani
Cavani could make his debut for Man Utd against Chelsea | UEFA – Handout/Getty Images

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he is hopeful striker Edinson Cavani will make his debut for the club against Chelsea on Saturday.

The 33-year-old is yet to feature for the Red Devils since joining on a free transfer. He missed out on the victory at Newcastle as he was required to quarantine for two weeks upon arrival, while he was also unavailable for the impressive win over his former club PSG as he was lacking match sharpness.

But having now had some time to increase his fitness levels as well as training with his new teammates, Solskjaer has confirmed he’s hopeful the Uruguayan can play some part in Saturday’s Premier League tussle with Chelsea.

“Of course where he’s been away from football for so long, he needed a pre-season,” Solskjaer said ahead of the game, via Sky Sports. “He’s naturally fit and he’s been looking after himself.

“He had two weeks in quarantine but we did provide him with all the facilities. Now when he comes in with us he’s getting more football and more training sessions individualised so he feels more ready to train with the team and then play with the team.

“He’s been very meticulous and very methodical in his training and his preparation. He didn’t feel ready for the PSG game because it was too early for him. He hadn’t done enough sharpness work, but he’s managed to do that this week and let’s see if that means he’s ready for the Chelsea game – I’m hopeful.”

The Manchester Evening News report that Cavani has been included in the provisional United squad to face Chelsea, while Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood have also been included.

Solskjaer may not opt to start Cavani due to his lack of match sharpness, but with Anthony Martial suspended, the striker could well be given his chance to shine at Old Trafford. The Red Devils will be looking to build on their two hugely impressive victories against Newcastle and PSG with another win against Chelsea, after an initially very slow start to the season.