Cavani has struggled continuously with injuries this season and has so far scored twice in 15 appearances in all competitions. He recently strained his groin and was sidelined in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw against Southampton. Dinnery believes the Uruguayan has found it difficult to stay fit this season due to his lack of regular play.
Edinson Cavani has competed with Cristiano Ronaldo and Anthony Martial in addition to Mason Greenwood for game time from the start of the season. Ronaldo was brought in at the end of the summer, which resulted in Cavani’s minutes being limited. Talking to Football InsiderDinnery said:
We know Cavani is in perfect physical condition. He really values his fitness. You have to take care of yourself while you are in the twilight years of your career. There are other factors that come into play. It’s been a rough start to the season for Cavani.
“Pre-season is the foundation. It forms the building blocks for the player to go through a campaign and defend themselves. Cavani didn’t quite get those minutes under the belt he wanted. That affected his return.”
Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani is expected to do better in the second half of the season
Despite the abundance of standout picks Manchester United had at the start of the season, things are a lot different now. Mason Greenwood is not expected to play for the club again, while Anthony Martial has also been loaned out to Sevilla. Ralf Rangnick had to choose Ronaldo and Cavani, the only two mediocre strikers.
Further down, Cristiano Ronaldo is in the midst of his worst scoring drought he’s had in a decade. The Portuguese’s overall style of play has been less than ideal in recent months, and goals have also dried up in recent times. Manchester United have many important matches, including the knockout round of the Champions League against Atletico Madrid. They will need their star to perform again.
Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani is expected to play more often in the near future. The 35-year-old may not be able to regain his composure by playing regularly, but the club need him to create common goals over the next few months.
Manchester United are still alive in the Champions League and there will be a long battle for places in the top four of the EPL in the near term. The club looks set to start over with a new manager on to the next campaign and potentially compete for titles again.
Of course, a Champions League spot is also essential as the club are looking to bring in reinforcements in the summer.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/football/news-seems-like-he-s-always-playing-catch-up-medical-expert-explains-cristiano-ronaldo-arrival-negatively-impacted-cavani-manchester-united?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda ‘He always seems to be playing catch-up’ – Medical expert on how Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has impacted Cavani at Manchester United