The Uruguay international star featured in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Newcastle, with Cavani scoring to equalize. This is the last time on the field since missing since November last.
The German revealed he wanted Cavani to start early at St James’ Park, but the player himself was not available and asked to start on the sidelines first.
“Actually, the past two days I was considering putting him on the pitch at the start of the game,” said Rangnick. “I spoke to him yesterday and the day before. He was uncomfortable with the start.”
“He doesn’t know how fit he is. But after being down 0-1 it was clear to me that we had to take more risks. We wanted to change something and that’s why we put him and Jadon (Sancho) at half-time.
He also hinted during the same presser that the two No. 10s – Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford – were as responsible as center-backs Raphael Varane and Harry Maguire for United’s defensive weaknesses.
“Rafa… and Harry… did well.” Our problem was once again that we allowed too many transition moments, ”he said.
“It’s not just a center-back problem, it’s a whole team’s problem and it starts at the front.