Cavani is one of the United players who has been blocked from joining up with his country for the international break and Solskjaer sent a stern message following the striker’s reaction
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reminded Edinson Cavani where his loyalties should lie with a club versus country row brewing ahead of the international break.
Premier League clubs have unanimously agreed to withhold players who would be forced to spend 10 days in hotel quarantine should they honour call-ups next month.
With Uruguay still on the UK’s ‘red list’, that would be the case for Cavani, who responded cryptically in posting a series of question marks along with a picture of the Premier League’s statement on social media.
Solskjaer is willing to stand firm on the matter, and said: “It’s a fact that if you have to have 10 days in a hotel quarantining with no chance to train, no chance to keep your fitness up then you’ll need another 10-14 days to get back up to fitness again – and then you’ve got to fly again.
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“It’s an impossible situation for the clubs, it’s an impossible situation for the players. We understand that there are rules and broader issues here, that’s why we have to follow the rules.
“If there was a choice for me, playing for Norway or playing for Man United, I know who my employer is.”
Cavani is facing an interesting situation at United following the shock return of Cristiano Ronaldo.
It is thought Cavani had sought assurances from Solskjaer over playing time before penning a new one-year contract in the summer, having been weighing up a possible move back closer to his homeland in South America.
Solskjaer now faces a difficult task keeping Cavani happy when he has Ronaldo, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial all competing for minutes in the No.9 role.
But the United boss reportedly has no plans to offload Cavani before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday.
That stance is shared by Cavani’s brother and agent, Walter Guglielmone, with the Uruguayan seemingly set to remain at Old Trafford for at least the season.
South American journalist Andre Hernan tweeted: “Walter Guglielmone, brother of Cavani, assured me that no one from Corinthians or intermediaries sought him out for anything.
“He reiterates that Cavani still has one year of contract in England.”
Cavani may well have to give up the coveted No.7 shirt now that Ronaldo is back in town though.
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Ronaldo donned the number previously during his six-year spell and is thought to want his old shirt back.
Premier League legislation could stand in the way, with rule M.5 in the division handbook stating Cavani must keep his current number throughout the entirety of the campaign.
The only caveat to that rule is if United are given special dispensation – something the Premier League have never given before.
The situation was confused further on Saturday when the Premier League listed both Ronaldo and Cavani as United’s no.7 on their website, suggesting talks may be taking place to hand the Portuguese superstar his wish.