Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Edinson Cavani is ready to face his former club, Paris Saint-Germain, in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday Old Trafford, despite the uproar caused by his recent social media comment.
Cavani is under investigation by the Football Association about a comment on his account in the “Instagram” application. He responded to a congratulatory message he received after his two goals in the victory over Southampton 3-2 last Sunday.
The Uruguayan striker thanked his friend for his comment when he said in Spanish: “Thank you, nigger.” The comment was later deleted, and he apologized. United said there was no bad intention behind the comment.
Following his exceptional performance against Southampton, Cavani is likely to lead United’s attack against the French champion, who scored 200 goals to become his all-time top scorer before his departure last June.
Solskjaer told reporters on Tuesday that he is ready for the match, and of course, it will be a special match against Paris Saint-Germain, his former team, and his historic goal, which will affect him mentally. But, knowing him will push him and give him energy. He is a professional. He will prepare for the match mentally.
In response to whether Cavani will be affected by his comment on social media, the Norwegian coach said: He learned a lesson. It might affect him, but he will set that aside when the match starts. The best players can put such things aside.
Solshire said he was sure the accident was the result of a misunderstanding. He added: The Football Association asked him for clarification, and we will support him. It is one unfortunate situation, as he has just come to the country, and in Uruguay, the situation is different.
The Norwegian coach supported the suggestion of former United defender Gary Neville that players coming to England from abroad should receive training courses on issues related to diversity.