Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Edinson Cavani has learned the hard way after a social media post at the weekend caused outrage online.
The Guardian report Cavani could face a three-game ban as the FA investigates Cavani’s Instagram story post which uses the term ‘negrito’, if found guilty of breeching football’s fight against racism.
What Cavani posted was not intended to hate or offend anyone. In the post — which was later deleted — the words “gracias negrito!” Are used to thank a follower congratulating Cavani on his match-winning performance in the match at St. Mary’s.
The first question at Solskjaer’s press conference this afternoon was on Cavani’s social media post.
Of course, the Norwegian would’ve been well prepared for that.
He said (via Manchester Evening News): “We have communicated with Edinson and he is really sorry for the mistake he’s made. No malicious intent at all, just an affectionate greeting to a friend.
“He’s been asked by the FA to explain and we will support him. It’s one of those unfortunate situations where he’s just come into the country and in Uruguay it’s been used in a different way.
“We support him, but we also support the FA. We want to be in the fight against discrimination. I’m sure Edinson has learned the hard way.”
On tomorrow’s night’s game, Solskjaer added that Cavani is ready to play against his former side. He left PSG in the summer as his contract expired and joined United on a Bosman.
“He is ready to play and of course it’s special for him to play against PSG, his old club where he is the top scorer, so that will affect him mentally.
“But from knowing him, that will give him energy. He is so professional. And he will work on his mindset today to get ready for the game.
“He has learned a lesson. It might affect him, but he will have to put that to one side when the game is on. The best players can put those things aside.”
Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek joined Solskjaer at the press conference.
When asked about Cavani, the Netherlands international said: “I think it’s really important [to have him], especially for me, as it gives you extra space in the box as defenders look more for these strikers. It gives extra space for our midfielders.”