Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have to manage Edinson Cavani carefully following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, according to former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov.
Cavani enjoyed a fantastic first season with United in 2020/21, scoring 17 goals in 40 appearances across all competitions.
United rewarded his form with another one-year contract for this season but the Uruguayan striker has been sidelined by the signing of Ronaldo in the summer transfer window.
Ronaldo has hit the ground running, scoring three goals in two appearances so far, and has taken Cavani’s No 7 shirt, as well as his place as first-choice striker.
Cavani played 37 minutes off the bench against Wolves on August 29 but is currently out of the picture with a knock.
Berbatov, who played for United between 2008 and 2012, believes Solskjaer has a difficult task on his hands to keep the 34-year-old happy.
“Two games, three goals for Cristiano Ronaldo back in a red shirt,” he toldBetfair.
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“I'm not surprised by the immediate impact he has made at United and he will only get better as the season goes on.
“You cannot argue with his goalscoring and the aura that he brings to the team. The fans gave him a great welcome back last Saturday and he repaid them with two well-taken goals.
“It will be interesting to see how Ole keeps the other players happy. He will have to decide how he uses the likes of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.
“This is when managing a talented squad becomes difficult because players will feel hard done by.
“Cavani is probably unhappy. He had a great first season at United and how he's dropped down the pecking order and lost his number seven shirt.
“I hope Ole has had an honest conversation with Cavani about his plans for the team.
“As a player in this situation, you understand that the manager's job is to pick the best team, but you always want to play and become unhappy when you're left out.”
Solskjaer revealed on Thursday that Cavani should resume training on Monday, putting him in line to feature in the Carabao Cup tie against West Ham on Wednesday.
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"He had a fantastic season last season, the impact he made when he got his fitness, he struggled with niggly injuries early on,” he said.
“We feel that to get the best out of him this season we need to get him 100 per cent fit and not rush him.
"We’ve got a strong squad that will cope with having to let players heal and not risk any further injuries. I see Edinson having a massive impact, he’s that type of personality and player.
“He can’t wait to play and he’s working really hard to get back on the pitch."
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