Tuesday Briefing: How is Cavani settling in?
Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is settling in well at the club, according to team-mate Juan Mata.
The Uruguay international has already told us about his love of the countryside and posted pictures on Instagram showing he is getting acclimatised to his new surroundings. On the pitch, he bagged his maiden goal in the win at Everton, prior to the international break, and came on during the win over West Brom to good effect, suggesting he can play a big part in the coming weeks.
Juan, who is helping his fellow Spanish-speaker adapt to life at the Aon Training Complex, believes the former Paris Saint-Germain star is very content with his new environment.
Mata has given one piece of advice to the striker on how to deal with the winter weather in the north west of England!
“Well, I’m very happy Edinson has come here because he is a very professional player, a very committed team-mate and very driven, during all his career,” the Spaniard explained to United Review, the official matchday programme.
“Also, Edinson is very humble, of course, and he is a guy who likes the countryside. I think he’s settled now in his house in the countryside, which he is happy about. Of course, I told him that it is important to have a couple of umbrellas, not only one, in Manchester so I am sure he’s got a few! He is loving where he lives and his family is also happy.
When asked if he is helping Edinson with the language, Juan replied:
“Yeah, I try. Of course, he is getting used to the English language so I am trying to translate for him.
“There are a few of us that can do it and I am happy to do so.
“Hopefully he’ll keep scoring, like he did against Everton. Everyone knows his qualities so I’m not going to only discover now where Edinson Cavani is in the football world.”
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Cavani will hope to be involved when Istanbul Baseksehir provide the opposition in the Champions League at Old Trafford tonight, as will Mata after he started again in the victory over West Brom at the weekend.
You can read the full interview with Juan in United Review, our official programme for this evening's game.
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?
It's matchday of course, although kick-off will actually be tomorrow morning for our fans in Asia and Australia! The action gets under way at 20:00 GMT in Manchester and we'll provide live updates as the Reds seek to avenge that shock away defeat in Istanbul earlier this month.
Our build-up begins, as usual, with an exclusive Ole Gunnar Solskjaer interview. Later, we'll be reminding you to make your United Predictions before the team is announced at around 18:45 GMT.
Sticking with the European theme, we'll be sharing Wayne Rooney's memories of that unforgettable Moscow final in 2008, in another extract from his excellent UTD Podcast episode.
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WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?
As well as releasing Rooney's podcast, we covered United's pre-match press conference, streaming it live so you could see Ole delivering his team news for the Istanbul Basaksehir game and discussing the form of Dean Henderson and Anthony Martial among other players.
The club photographers were out and about in the morning to capture the players hard at work and you can still see 24 of their pics in our training gallery.
In the afternoon, we confirmed the sad news that former United midfielder and Republic of Ireland coach Maurice Setters has passed away at the age of 83, and we recalled his achievements with the Reds in the early 1960s.
The day drew to a close with an official statement, as the club responded to a Government announcement on when fans may be able to attend games again.