‘Cavani has nothing to prove’ – Tuchel well aware of threat ‘reliable’ Man Utd striker will pose PSG

Thomas Tuchel insists Edinson Cavani has nothing to prove against Paris Saint-Germain, and that he’s well aware of the threat the “reliable” Manchester United striker will pose his team.

Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October, having left PSG as the Ligue 1 champions’ all-time leading scorer with 200 goals to his name in June.

The 33-year-old Uruguay international won six league titles during his time at PSG, where he arrived from Serie A outfit Napoli in 2013.

Cavani has scored three Premier League goals for United despite only featuring as a substitute, including a stunning brace against Southamptonon Sunday, but his decisive display has been overshadowed by a social media post containing a Spanish phrase many would consider to be racially insensitive.

Tuchel was asked about the controversy which is being investigated by the Football Association (FA), and he took the opportunity to hail Cavani on the eve of the showdown.

“I’m surprised by the social media comment, because I know Edi as a calm person, determined on the pitch to help the team, which is a rare characteristic for a striker of his quality,” Tuchel told reporters.

“Always ready to do everything for the team. A big physical impact, scoring comes naturally to him and he’s reliable 24/7 – you can call him in the night and he will be there – to score, to defend, to score, to defend.

“I’m happy for him personally that he could show this to all Manchester United fans in the last game against Southampton – he was absolutely decisive for them.

“He does not need to show us tomorrow, we already know, so he can do a little pause, it’s not necessary to show us. If he will play, we will need to find answers for that.”

Cavani became the first United player since manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1999 to have at least three goal involvements as a substitute in a single Premier League game as the Red Devils overcame Southampton 3-2 at the weekend.

United, who only require a point to reach the last 16, are three points clear of last season’s Champions League runners-up PSG and RB Leipzig atop the Group H table.

Source : goal.com