Ole reveals why Cavani came off early

Tuesday 02 February 2021 23:02

Edinson Cavani scored his first Old Trafford goal for Manchester United but then had to miss out on adding to his home account in the 9-0 victory against Southampton, as he was forced off at half-time.

Our Uruguayan hitman headed in his home opener after 39 minutes of the demolition of the Saints to make it 4-0 at the interval.

But the 34-year-old didn’t come out for the second half as United scored five more goals to add to their first 45 minutes’ total.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reported after the match that Cavani was injured late in the first half when he was brought down on the edge of the area by Southampton's Kayne Ramsay, which referee Mike Dean eventually ruled to be a free kick, rather than a penalty.

The striker could now be sweating on being fit for United’s next Premier League match at Old Trafford, this coming Saturday evening against Everton.

“Edinson got a bad tackle on his ankle so he had to come off,” revealed Ole.

“He probably would have loved to be out there scoring goals. But there was no point in taking any risks.

“Hopefully, it won’t swell up too much.”