‘We need to look at the way we prepare’

“There are two different reasons [with Cavani]. Edinson wants to tick all the boxes that he’s gone through in his programme and be ready to make an impact. His last preparation was going to be today and I will have a discussion with him, and yesterday it seems positive with Marcus and Harry.”

Meanwhile, Solskjaer has defended Mason Greenwood’s professionalism. The United and England striker was omitted from United’s squad for the wins against Newcastle and PSG with what Solskjaer described as a “niggle”. Greenwood is understood to have been spoken to about his discipline and timekeeping but Solskjaer denied that the 19 year-old had an issue with his timekeeping.

Greenwood was left out of the England squad after being sent home last month for breaching Covid-19 protocols when he and Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden invited two women back to the England team hotel in Reykjavik the day after making their senior international debuts in a 1-0 win over Iceland. 

Asked if Greenwood was in danger of making a target for himself, Solskjaer said: “You do when you play well and I’m not concerned at all with Mason making a target of himself, because he came in, played fantastic, played against Tottenham in the first league game, was brilliant, and kicked on.

“Yeah he made a mistake with England and suddenly the whole English press go after him and that’s something we have got to look after.

“He’s a fantastic boy to work with. I have to disappoint you, he’s never ever late for training, he’s never a problem on the training ground. I’ve seen the stories, I’ve seen some ex-United players talking about him and they don’t know what they’re talking about.

“We have got photographers outside the training ground every day, so they can see every day he’s on time.

“He’s got a good family behind him, he has had a good background in the academy and he’s a good trainer. He trains really well and I cannot believe all these stories about him not being professional. That’s something that we have to deal with with many players, many other players at United have had that.”

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