Solskjaer praises Cavani for handing his iconic No 7 shirt to Ronaldo

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer heaps praise on ‘remarkable’ Edinson Cavani for handing his iconic No 7 shirt to returning Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Edinson Cavani for giving away his No 7 shirt 
  • Cavani will wear No 21 after he gave the No 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Ronaldo is set to make his second Manchester United debut against Newcastle 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for the way they have handled the five-time Ballon d’Or winner reclaiming the club’s iconic No 7 shirt. 

Cavani wore it last season and in the early stages of this campaign but will switch to No 21 – his number for Uruguay – following Dan James’ move to Leeds. 

‘Edinson has been remarkable, and played really well last season,’ Solskjaer said. ‘Cristiano speaks with Edinson and to pass up his shirt shows the respect he’s got for Cristiano and respect the other way. They are two top professionals, players, and human beings.’ 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised Edinson Cavani for giving his No 7 shirt to Cristiano Ronaldo

Cavani previously wore No 7 but switched to No 21 to allow Ronaldo to get his iconic number

United requested special dispensation from the Premier League to enable Ronaldo to get his preferred number. 

Ronaldo wore the No 7 shirt during his illustrious previous spell with United from 2003 to 2009 and has also sported the number for the majority of his career.

The 36-year-old is line to make his second debut for United in Saturday’s game at home to Newcastle.  

Just four hours after the announcement that Ronaldo would wear the No 7 shirt, sales surpassed the highest for a day on a single sports merchandise site outside North America.  

Ronaldo previously wore the No 7 shirt during his first spell at Manchester United

Ronaldo shakes hands with Solskjaer on Thursday prior to his second debut with the team

Solskjaer believes that Cavani and Ronaldo demonstrated that they are ‘top professionals’

In addition, the first hour of sales alone bettered the best ever full day of global sales for United direct. 

A host of high-profile players have previously worn the No 7 shirt for United, including David Beckham, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and George Best. 

Jadon Sancho is also available to face Newcastle but Solskjaer confirmed that Scott McTominay, Alex Telles and Dean Henderson are unlikely to feature after recovering from injury and illness.

Cavani will hope to be involved in some capacity having not travelled with Uruguay for their World Cup qualifiers. 

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