Cavani did not reciprocate the faith Rangnick placed in him as the Reds missed the substitute Ronaldo in the Burnley draw

MANCHESTER UNITED fans have loved what they’ve seen about Edinson Cavani over the past 18 months.

The problem was that they didn’t see him often enough.

Edinson Cavani didn't have his best night as Man Utd drew 1-1 with Burnley

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Edinson Cavani didn’t have his best night as Man Utd drew 1-1 with BurnleyCredit: AP

The Uruguayan fell out of favor in the eyes of many supporters when he took two more days off from international duty last week.

After all, two goals equal the number of goals scored by the former Napoli player in the whole season.

That means the 34-year-old striker missed the FA Cup fourth round defeat against Middlesbrough and – perhaps – his last chance to win a silver trophy at Old Trafford.

May Cavani made a difference if he had joined? We will never know. But he will prove a useful choice when United look for the decisive second goal in extra time.

So it was a surprise to see him immediately reinstated to the starting line-up for the trip to Turf Moor – at the cost of Cristiano Ronaldo not less.

Temporary boss Ralf Rangnick explains it by saying: “It will require a lot of sprinting and chasing a lot of balls. Lots of fights for the second ball and I think the profile fits Edinson perfectly.

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“That’s why I decided to start him tonight. We will also need Cristiano to start in the next couple of games. ”

As BT Sport pundit Peter Crouch said before the match, it was a ‘big appeal’ from the German, before questioning whether former Real Madrid and Juventus star Ronaldo would make a decision like how.

If there’s one game you wouldn’t mind missing, it’s against Burnley on a cold February night with rain falling horizontally.

Ronaldo never played at this famous old venue before.

While the 37-year-old Ronaldo has always wanted to play, it’s not a bad thing to grab the big coat and take your place on the bench.

Cavani is only 19 years oldorder Early start for United and at least in the first half, it looked like Rangick got the spot.

Some believe United looked more fluid when the Portuguese was out of action – especially in their return game against Aston Villa last month.

And that was certainly the case early on here with the away team taking full responsibility.

Cavani’s movement made the host defense very difficult, pulling them to open at will.

Cavani, 34 years old, was replaced by Ronaldo

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Cavani, 34 years old, was replaced by RonaldoCredit: AFP
The Uruguayan player was rejected by Nick Pope

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The Uruguayan player was rejected by Nick PopeCredit: Getty

All that’s missing is a goal fromParis Saint-Germain marksmanship and he came close on a few occasions.

When a Luke Shaw cross was cut across and circled wide, Cavani looked certain to score but Nick Pope crossed over to head in time.

Then another shot deflected into his path late in the first half, he volleyed a goal-scoring volley that James Tarkowski crossed to block at the near post.

He was also stalking and ready to pounce when Ben Mee fired from his keeper – only for the assistant referee to spot a foul.

However, it was a very different game after the break when Burnley returned like a hurricane – scoring the equalizer thanks to Jay Rodriguez.

United posed much less of a threat going forward – and midway through the second half, Rangnick decided he had seen enough, sending Ronaldo for the final 22 minutes.

Having had extra time off last week and then earning credit from his boss, Cavani really needs to say thank you by making his mark more in this game.

The veteran forward is almost certain to leave in the summer – his time in England is in danger of coming to an end.

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