Ralf Rangnick is having a nightmare first week of the year at Manchester United, after losing to Wolves on Monday night in a disappointing 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford breaking his unbeaten record in the league, and now there has been a frenzy of speculation that up to 17 players want to leave the club.
One player who has been speculated for a move and named in those looking for a way out of the Manchester club is Edinson Cavani, who has been pushed out of the team by summer signing, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cavani enjoyed 39 appearances for the club last term but has only featured 11 times this season, even though the current attacking threat in performances has come under fire, with only 12% of chances being converted by the team in the Premier League.
His time at United has also divided the hot-headed Roy Keane who dubbed him “mind-boggling” for not being ready to be substituted in 2020 and then was left dismayed at the idea of a new contract for the Uruguayan last year.
However, according to SofaScore, last season the striker scored a goal every 137 minutes he played in the top-flight, which begs the question, why doesn’t he get more game time for United?
Rangnick spoke this week in his press conference on Monday about Cavani’s position at the club amid speculation that Barcelona were interested in signing the forward:
“I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season and he knows how highly I rate and respect him.
“He knows I definitely would not let him go. For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season in a squad still playing in three competitions.”
As the German touched on in his comments about the £160k-per-week gem, the Red Devils are still currently involved in the Champions League, FA Cup and the Premier League this campaign, so it would be important to keep the depth of the squad, especially from a goal-scoring perspective.
Goals ultimately win games, and with the upcoming knock out stages in the Champions League in February, it would be naïve and nothing short of a big mistake to let go of one of the most prolific strikers in the squad.
If Rangnick was to let go of the veteran forward, fans would surely be gutted after his goals and assists lead the side to a second-place finish last season, with many taking to social media already to question his lack of selection in the side.
One Red Devils fan Tweeted: “If Cavani is fit, he should play. Period.”
Thus, with Barca interested in acquiring him, it’s not impossible to suggest that the club’s current boss is heading for a transfer howler.