Manchester United

Edinson Cavani Expected to Miss Start of Manchester United's Season

By Amreen
Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani is set to miss the start of the Premier League
Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani is set to miss the start of the Premier League / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Edinson Cavani is expected to miss Manchester United's start to the new Premier League season after being granted extended leave.

The 34-year-old signed a one-year contract extension in May after a successful first season at Old Trafford that saw him score 17 goals in 39 appearances. Due to coronavirus rules, Cavani had not been back to Uruguay for two years, and when discussing his new contract, the striker wanted to include a clause that would grant him an extended leave, according to The Athletic.

The report claims that United believe "a happy man is a happy player" and were more than willing to give Cavani extra time off following his involvement in Copa America this summer. Uruguay reached the quarter-finals of the Copa America in Brazil, succumbing to a penalty shootout defeat by Colombia on July 3.

Cavani will most certainly miss United's season opener against Leeds United this weekend, and could also be in doubt for the trip to Southampton as he would have to quarantine upon his return to England.

Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane will also be eased into the new season, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hinting that he will take his time before throwing the new players straight into action.

"We've had a longer pre-season than last year, last season we had a full group for five days before the Crystal Palace game, so that was a difficult one, naturally, because we went so far in Europe and played a tournament after,” he explained.

"This summer, at least everyone has had three weeks off. Some have had four, some have had five, we're still lacking match minutes for a few. But we're getting there, better prepared than last season. Some started July 5, some trained with us for the first time this week, of course Jadon is next week and Raphael hopefully when the medical is sorted he'll be a few days with us.

"But we have to get them through a fitness regime and programme. We can't just throw them into a game. The staff are doing great work, the sports science guys are working hard to get everyone up to speed as quickly as possible."