Why Edinson Cavani missed Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City

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Why Edinson Cavani missed Manchester United’s clash with Manchester City

Man United vs Man City

Sunday’s marquee Premier League tie is of course taking place in Manchester.

Manchester City will play host to bitter rivals United at the Etihad

City head into the meeting on the back of a staggering 21-game winning run across all competitions.

Manchester United, on the other hand, have picked up just one win in five in the Premier League, notching four draws.

Such a dip in form leaves the Reds in danger of slipping out of the top-four, despite having previously boasted a sizable advantage over the chasing pack.

Ahead of kick-off on Sunday, United sit in 3rd, four points clear of Chelsea and five ahead of Everton, though the Toffees boast a game in hand.

As a result, losing to City would obviously deal a big blow to the Champions League hopes of the Red Devils.

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Why Cavani missed Man City clash

So, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was no doubt keen to have as strong a squad as possible at his disposal to take on the Sky Blues.

However, when the teams were revealed an hour before kick-off, United’s featured one very noticeable absentee.

Edinson Cavani recently returned from injury, and started for the Manchester powerhouse in midweek vs Crystal Palace.

However, the Uruguayan was completely omitted from the club’s matchday squad on Sunday.

Solskjaer has since provided an explanation for the veteran hitman’s absence, though, confirming that Cavani had to ‘come off’ in training on Saturday, as he did not feel right:

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 27 39 65
2 Leicester City FC 28 16 53
3 Manchester United FC 27 21 51
4 Chelsea FC 27 17 47
5 Everton FC 26 6 46
6 West Ham United FC 26 9 45
7 Liverpool FC 28 11 43
8 Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 15 42
9 Aston Villa FC 26 11 40
10 Arsenal FC 27 7 38
11 Leeds United 26 -1 35
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 28 -9 35
13 Crystal Palace FC 27 -14 34
14 Southampton FC 27 -11 33
15 Burnley FC 28 -16 30
16 Newcastle United FC 27 -17 27
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 27 -8 26
18 Fulham FC 28 -11 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 28 -36 18
20 Sheffield United FC 28 -29 14
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 17
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 16
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 13
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 13
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 11
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 10
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 9
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Maddison, James Leicester City FC 8
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 8
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 8
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 7

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