Ralf Rangnick hailed Edinson Cavani as “the perfect model” after revealing that the Uruguayan has promised his future at Manchester United for the remainder of the season.
Cavani has only started four games with United during the current season and it has been speculated that the 34-year-old may be looking to end his spell at Old Trafford this month.
But Cavani has made a positive impression on Rangnick since the interim manager arrived in December, and the German admitted he was “desperate” for the striker to remain at the club when he spoke earlier this month.
Even though Cavani is only six months away from his contract, Rangick appears to have fulfilled his wish, with the manager saying: “I told him if it was up to me I would have liked him to stay and had a conversation with him.
He came to my office and we talked for almost half an hour and told me that he will definitely stay, he will want to stay until the end of the season.
“Not only because I told him he had to stay or he had to stay, but he did it on his own. He told me that I can count on him to stay until the end of the season and give my all, be a role model for young players. .
“He is available and happy to play. Even if he does not play, he will try to be the best model possible for other players.
“This is, for me, good news because Edi is one of those players – with his vast experience, his mindset, his work ethic – who could really be a perfect role model for all the other players.”
Cavani is hoping to make his fifth start to the season when United host Aston Villa in the third round of the FA Cup on Monday night.
The competition could represent United’s most realistic path to a trophy this season as they are in seventh place in the Premier League and face a tough Champions League round of 16 draw with Atletico Madrid.
Rangnick has an added incentive to savor FA Cup success after revealing his emotional attachment to the historic tournament, which dates back to his studies in England four decades ago.
“I’ve always been a huge fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,” said the 63-year-old. “I remember in 1980 or 1981, when I spent my year abroad in Brighton, I saw the FA Cup final at Wembley. It was West Ham against Arsenal, it was my farewell gift from my teammates. team.
“I’ve always been a big fan of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium.
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“For me it is a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that match and a strong team.
“We take the game as seriously as possible and hope to move forward a round, but to do that we need to be successful against Aston Villa.
We know it will not be an easy match because especially since they changed coach they have done well. They have won four games and lost four, three of them against the first team. To be successful you need our top performance. “
Rashford: I have infinite respect for Rangnick and the coaching staff
Marcus Rashford said he had “infinite respect” for Rangnick and his coaching staff after reports of unrest at Manchester United’s pitch surfaced, with Sky Sports News there is talk of cliques in the locker room and players who struggle to adapt to the coach’s methods.
But Rashford, who has only scored three goals this season, has responded to speeches about the riots after the German suffered his first defeat since taking over from United in Monday’s 1-0 defeat to Wolves.
“We were all disappointed with the recent performances and were disappointed by the news coverage that questioned our commitment not only to the manager and coaching staff, but to the club as well,” Rashford wrote in a Twitter post.
“I have infinite respect for both of us and look forward to improving my game under the Manchester United staff.
“I’m not sulking, I’m not unhappy. Am I disappointed with some of my recent performances? Of course I am – I’m my biggest critic.
“It was a difficult start, but I am determined to prove my worth. My dedication and my will to be here should never be in question. I love this club.”
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