Solskjaer jokes Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani only knows two words of English.. to ask for days off

Solskjaer jokes Man Utd striker Edinson Cavani only knows two words of English.. to ask for days off

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER joked Edinson Cavani has learned how to ask for days off after a win.

The Uruguayan introduced himself to the Premier League at the weekend when he helped inspire a dramatic comeback as Manchester United beat Southampton 3-2.

And while it appears there are little communication problems on the pitch, Solskjaer confirmed conversation is limited off it.

Ahead of United's Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, he said: “He has already learned two English words – tomorrow, off. He wants a day off after a win.

“When we win a game he already knows that one!"

Cavani's double on Sunday was marred after he was dragged into a race row when replying to a friend on social media with the term 'negrito.'

Facing a three-match ban, the 33-year-old replied to a friend who wrote 'asi te quiero matador' – 'I love you, matador' – with the phrase: “Gracias negrito.”

The term has different connotations in South America – where Cavani is from – but under FA regulations, using a discriminatory word is open to a charge.

Cavani has since apologised and United are backing their front man ahead of the expected ban.

Solskjaer added: “We have communicated with Edinson and he is really sorry for the mistake she’s made.


"No malicious intent at all, just an affectionate greeting got a fiend.

"He’s been asked by the FA to explain and we will support him.

"It’s one of those unfortunate situations where he’s just come into the country and in Uruguay, it’s been used in a different way.

“We support him, but we also support the FA. We want to be in the fight against discrimination. I’m sure Edinson has learned the hard way.”

Cavani could line up to face his old club where he left this summer after seven historic years.

He is the club's record scorer with 200 goals and Solskjaer is prepared to give him the opportunity to haunt his old club.

Solskjaer added: "He is ready to play and of course it’s special for him to play against PSG, his old club where he is the top scorer, so that will affect him mentally.

“But from knowing him, that will give him energy. He is so professional. And he will work on his mindset today to get ready for the game.

“He has learned a lesson. It might affect him, but he will have to put that to one side when the game is on. The best players can put those things aside.”

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