Edinson Cavani is expected to try to leave Manchester United in January following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, insists ex-Uruguayan star Gus Poyet.
Ronaldo’s return to Old Trafford has seen Cavani’s playing time limited to just 115 minutes of Premier League football so far this season.
Not only did the five-time Ballon d’Or winner take the Uruguayan striker’s place in the squad, but Ronaldo also took Cavani’s No.7 jersey.
Despite an impressive 17-goal comeback in 32 games for the Red Devils last season, Cavani looks set to play second fiddle this campaign.
Former Chelsea and Tottenham midfielder Poyet suggests the 34-year-old might be wise to move on as the situation at Old Trafford affects his international career.
“He was unlucky because without Ronaldo he was playing as the main striker,” Poyet told talkSPORT.
“The decision of Juventus, of Man City’s involvement, was incredibly against one person in particular – and that was Cavani.
“Maybe he should move in January. From the outside I don’t know him, but if I was him, see how things are now, and see him not make it to 90 minutes for the national team because he isn’t playing – maybe to be.
Cavani has been benched for Uruguay’s two recent World Cup qualifiers, against Colombia and Argentina.
He received a rare departure from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the last Premier League clash, a 1-1 draw with Everton, but was replaced by Ronaldo in the second half.
Cavani recently said: “In football you always have to be prepared. This is one of the keys to the highest level.
“Sometimes you play more, sometimes you play less, managers make decisions, but that doesn’t prevent the job from always being competitive.
“The league is just getting started and I needed it, not quite like last year, but I’m here to be a part of it.”
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