Man Utd news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs Edinson Cavani after controversial Instagram post | Football | Sport

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Edinson Cavani after the Manchester United striker issued an apology in the wake of a controversial Instagram post, shared on his social media after the 3-2 win at Southampton. The Football Association are set to investigate the matter and could issue Cavani a three-match ban for his action.

Cavani and United are set to protest his innocence, after he stated that the use of the word “negrito” was an affectionate greeting to a friend.

The 33-year-old finally made his mark on Sunday, scoring twice at Southampton to flip the game on its head and to hand United all three points on the South Coast.

He was then forced to issue a statement, regarding the deleted post which was shared on his Instagram story.

“The message I posted after the game on Sunday was intended as an affectionate greeting to a friend, thanking him for his congratulations after the game. The last thing I wanted to do was cause offence to anyone,” Cavani said.

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Cavani now has three goals to his name since arriving on a free transfer in October.

El Matador is slowly strengthening his case to become a regular starter at Old Trafford, following a slow start to life in England.

He is expected to start against former club PSG in the Champions League tomorrow night, after missing the first meeting between the two clubs in Paris.

Beyond that, Cavani will count himself extremely lucky if he is to escape retrospective action from the FA.

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Should a ban be enforced, Cavani would miss the Manchester derby on December 12 as well as Premier League clashes with West Ham (December 5) and Sheffield United (December 17).

His team-mate Donny van de Beek is adamant that Cavani has already learned from his mistake.

“He [Cavani] 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,” Van de Beek 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.”

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