By Ryan Darby

19th Dec, 2020 | 6:22pm

Man Utd handed major fitness boost ahead of Leeds clash

Manchester United have been handed a timely fitness boost with the news that striker Edinson Cavani could feature during Sunday’s meeting with Leeds United.

As reported on the official Manchester United club website, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that the forward trained on Friday ahead of the game.

Speaking about the forward, Solskjaer said: “Edinson will be available, I think, yeah. He trained this morning so he should be available for the Leeds game.”

Having previously struggled with a muscle injury, Cavani, who earns a reported £210k-a-week, sat out of Thursday night’s 3-2 win over Sheffield United.

The striker is expected to receive a three-match ban following his Instagram post back in November, but he is still eligible to play as things stand.

Bad news for Leeds – Cavani would have been a huge miss

After scoring three against Sheffield United earlier this week, Sunday’s hosts do not appear to be missing the Uruguayan striker.

However, since his arrival from Paris Saint-Germain, he has proved to be an influential figure in the squad.

In just six Premier League appearances, he has scored three times and registered an assist for the Red Devils.

Leeds know a thing or two about working hard in the Premier League and that is exactly what makes Cavani such a threat.

As per Wyscout, Cavani’s heatmap during the 3-2 win against Southampton – in which he scored twice – showcases how he can be a nightmare for defenders with his movement.

His heatmap is not what you would expect of a ‘typical’ striker, so it is easy to imagine how his movement could catch the likes of Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling off guard.

Manchester United are unlikely to be short of firepower in the final third if Cavani does not start the game, with The Athletic reporting that Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial are all expected to start against Leeds.

However, all three of his goals this season have come from the bench, so he remains a threat that Leeds must be wary of late on in the game.

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