Solskjr Explains Cavani’s Reason for Absence vs Newcastle, Nagging Ronaldo’s Number Taken? –

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Solskjr Explains Cavani's Reason for Absence vs Newcastle, Nagging Ronaldo's Number Taken? – There was no Edinson Cavani at all as Manchester United welcomed the return of Cristiano Ronaldo’s second debut at Old Trafford. Grumpy because his number 7 was taken by the Portuguese striker? Oh it wasn’t.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani missed Manchester United’s Premier League game against Newcastle United after suffering a knock in training.

The former PSG bomber has impressed since joining The Red Devils on a free transfer last season, scoring 17 goals last term to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finish second in the Premier League and reach the Europa League final.

He was entrusted with wearing the club’s iconic number 7 jersey upon arriving from Les Parisiens, but this summer he had to give up the number to Cristiano Ronaldo who returned to Old Trafford from Juventus during the final days of the summer transfer window.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had already confirmed before the game that the Portugal forward would make his Manchester United debut against Newcastle United, but the absence of Edinson Cavani was a surprise.

Asked why the striker, who now takes the number 21 shirt, was not included in Manchester United’s squad to face Newcastle United, the Norwegian coach said: “He’s still not ready. He got a knock in training, hopefully it won’t be too long.”

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo then made his second club debut in impressive fashion, scoring twice as Manchester United beat Newcastle United 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Bruno Fernandes and Jesse Lingard scoring the other two goals.

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