Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is ‘probably unhappy’ about Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, says Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov believes some Manchester United players will be ‘unhappy’ about Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival (Pictures: YouTube/Getty)

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is ‘probably unhappy’ about Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival at Old Trafford, according to Red Devils hero Dimitar Berbatov.

Portugal legend and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has scored three goals in his two appearances since returning to Manchester United earlier in the summer.

Ronaldo won three Premier League titles and the Champions League during his first spell at the Theatre of Dreams, and has returned to his former club desperate to add to his already extraordinary CV.

While Berbatov is delighted to see Ronaldo wearing the United shirt again – and believes he will ‘only get better as the season goes on’ – he fears some members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad will be ‘unhappy’ about the Portuguese forward’s arrival.

Berbatov is particularly concerned for Cavani’s prospects this season, with the Uruguayan legend naturally slipping down the pecking order at Old Trafford and handing over the No. 7 shirt to Ronaldo.

‘Two games, three goals for Cristiano Ronaldo back in a red shirt,’ Berbatov told Betfair.

‘I’m not surprised by the immediate impact he has made at United and he will only get better as the season goes on.

Red Devils hero Berbatov fears for Edinson Cavani (Picture: Getty)

‘You cannot argue with his goalscoring and the aura that he brings to the team. The fans gave him a great welcome back last Saturday and he repaid them with two well-taken goals.

‘It will be interesting to see how Ole keeps the other players happy. He will have to decide how he uses the likes of Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial.

‘This is when managing a talented squad becomes difficult because players will feel hard done by.

‘Cavani is probably unhappy. He had a great first season at United and how he’s dropped down the pecking order and lost his number seven shirt.

‘I hope Ole has had an honest conversation with Cavani about his plans for the team.

‘As a player in this situation, you understand that the manager’s job is to pick the best team, but you always want to play and become unhappy when you’re left out.’

Berbatov has also defended Solskjaer after Manchester United’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys on Tuesday sparked fresh debate over his future as manager.

‘Seven defeats in 11 Champions League matches under Ole Solskjaer is not good enough for United,’ Berbatov added. ‘I get that but sometimes there is more to football than the statistics show.

‘Is Solskjaer’s job at risk after the defeat in Switzerland? Come on, you can’t be serious.

‘United have played four games in the Premier League and won three of them. One defeat in the Champions League does not put Ole’s job in jeopardy. I don’t see any point in discussing Solskjaer’s future so early in the season.

‘They have a strong squad, have made excellent signings who are bedding in, and we should judge them at the end of the group stage, not after one match.’

Manchester United return to Premier League action on Sunday with a trip to east London to face former manager David Moyes’ West Ham.

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