Ralf Rangnick reveals why Edinson Cavani didn’t start vs Newcastle United

Ralf Rangnick reveals why Edinson Cavani didn't start vs Newcastle United

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has claimed that he planned on starting Edinson Cavani against Newcastle United but decided not to because the forward said he didn’t feel like starting the game.

Man United endured a dire performance against Newcastle on Monday night and were lucky to return back to Old Trafford with a 1-1 draw, thanks to Cavani’s second-half strike.

Rangnick started Cristiano Ronaldo alongside Mason Greenwood as both attackers but that plan didn’t go down well as both forward did not pose as threats.

The German boss decided to replace the Englishman with Cavani at half-time, a move that ended up rescuing a point for United after the former PSG star scored the equaliser.

Rangnick said for two days he thought about starting the Uruguay international against Newcastle United.

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“In the last two days, I was considering to play him [Edinson Cavani] from the start [vs Newcastle],” said Rangnick.

“I spoke with him yesterday and the day before yesterday and he didn’t feel comfortable playing from the beginning because he didn’t know how fit he really was.”

Ralf Rangnick used the chance to reveal the problem Manchester United suffered against Newcastle United was that they let in too many transitional moments.

“Our problem [vs Newcastle] was that we allowed too many transitional moments, and this is not only a problem of the centre-backs, it’s a problem of the whole team that it starts up front — you can speak about the role of the No 10 in that kind of formation,” said Rangnick.

Manchester United will host Burnley at Old Trafford on Thursday night and the Reds wouldn’t think about anything else other than bouncing back to winning ways.

United occupy the 7th position with 28 points from 17 Premier League matches.