LONDON: Edinson Cavani’s hopes of making his Manchester United debut against former club Paris St Germain in the Champions League were dashed after the Uruguayan striker was left out of the travelling squad yesterday.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Cavani as well as captain Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, Eric Bailly and Jesse Lingard have missed the trip to the French capital for tonight’s opening group stage match.
Solskjaer confirmed Cavani still needs to work on his fitness levels, while Maguire has sustained a minor knock.
Cavani, who joined United on a free transfer after his PSG contract expired last season, had to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in the United Kingdom.
The 33-year-old finished his spell in Paris as the French club’s most prolific scorer with 200 goals but has not played since March – prior to the league season being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Teenage forward Greenwood will not feature at Parc des Princes, the stadium where he made his United debut in 2019. But Solskjaer stressed the England international could recover from his minor injury setback for United’s Premier League clash against Chelsea on Saturday.
In Maguire’s absence, United playmaker Bruno Fernandes will captain the side for the first time.