Solskjaer confirms Man Utd role for ‘meticulous’ Cavani ahead of Villa

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Solskjaer confirms Man Utd role for ‘meticulous’ Cavani ahead of Villa

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Edinson Cavani has returned to training and is part of the squad again ahead of their match against Aston Villa.

The 34-year-old has only played 37 minutes this season for the Red Devils but Solskjaer has confirmed he is now available for selection again.

“Edinson has joined in training fully after that game [on Wednesday] and he’s held his hand up and is ready,” Solskjaer .



“Last season as well, he didn’t have a pre-season when he came here. He’s so professional and meticulous and, of course, we’re glad to now have him back training with us and in the squad.”

Solskjaer added: “We didn’t lose anyone on Wednesday night. It gives me selection headaches [smiles], which is what I’d rather have than the other way around. Sometimes you have to leave players out that you don’t feel deserve to be left out.

“But that’s the nature of the beast and we’ve got to make sure we are ready for every single game.”

Dean Henderson started in net in his first senior appearance since recovering from long Covid.

And the England international will find it tricky to regain his number one spot after David de Gea made a brilliant start to the season.

On De Gea’s form, Solskjaer added: “He did call me in the summer to end his summer holiday earlier and come back and start his pre-season before, he wanted to be ready, the best possible version of himself.

“Last season was a challenging one, he didn’t play as many games because Dean came in and did very well. David has really worked, focused, physically and mentally he’s better and when you feel you’ve done the work, personal best, a few physical tests, it gives you more confidence and motivation.

“He plays behind a strong back four but to play in front of David when he’s in this form is good for them.”

On the Government’s safe standing trial, Solskjaer continued: “I know we are supportive, we wanna trial that, as long as the safety is in place, standing, for me, gives the atmosphere builds, when you stand up, you’re more passionate and emotional so I’m looking forward to that if everything goes to plan.”

 

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Pep explains why Chelsea clash is ‘completely different’ this time

Pep Guardiola insisted Chelsea’s run of victories over Manchester City last season – capped by lifting the European Cup – belongs in the past as he looked ahead to Saturday’s Premier League clash between the title contenders.

Thomas Tuchel secured victory over Guardiola three times in short succession at the end of last term, first 1-0 in an FA Cup semi-final, then a 2-1 come-from-behind Premier League win at the Etihad Stadium, before the biggest one of all came with a 1-0 win in the Champions League final in Porto.

“We will prepare for the game like we prepared for Southampton and the previous games,” Guardiola said. “Every game is a new challenge and an opportunity to improve and an opportunity to learn and do it better.



“It is completely different than the previous games. The FA Cup was a (semi) final, a tight game and we lost it. The Premier League was already done, we had won (the title) already, we were almost champions, and of course the Champions League was a massive, massive game.

“We try to learn, now it is a new competition.”

Guardiola was accused of overthinking the Champions League final, having fielded a side without a defensive midfielder as both Rodri and Fernandinho started on the bench, but he insisted he had no regrets as he credited Chelsea’s defence and work in transition with tilting the game their way.

“We played a great final,” he said. “We lost but played a great final…

“They controlled all departments which is why it was difficult in the final of the Champions League against an exceptional team.

“My impression is we played with a lot of courage with personality but unfortunately we could not do it with the counter-attacks, long balls, second balls were not good enough and they beat us.”

The trip to Stamford Bridge is the first of three tough games for City in an early test of their mettle this season. On Tuesday they head to France to face Lionel Messi and Paris St Germain, while on Sunday they are away to Liverpool.

Guardiola plans to watch the Ryder Cup to provide light relief amid the brutal schedule, but said he thrived on the challenge of the Premier League.

“Every year I get the idea that it is harder than before,” he said.

“It’s really tough. An incredible challenge for us. We accept the challenge and go for it. It’s a big compliment for the Premier League.

“The Premier League has to be so proud of the fantastic league we have, for the brilliant managers.

“Brilliant in many senses, top quality players… every club has 15 or 16 exceptional players. And now fans are back. It’s an honour to be here and enjoy the Premier League in this country – thank you.”

As three crunch fixtures loom, City have been dealing with a lengthy injury list, but there is hope that is easing as John Stones, Aymeric Laporte and Rodri returned to training this week.

They could come into contention at Stamford Bridge, but Ilkay Gundogan and Oleksandr Zinchenko are expected to miss out again.

“We still have a few injuries,” Guardiola said. “Some of them have come back a little bit in training and tomorrow we will decide if they are ready to play or not.”

 

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