Everton 0-2 Manchester United: Solskjaer responds to Edinson Cavani and Yerry Mina incident
Edinson Cavani avoids red for grabbing Mina’s throat [photo courtesy]

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has played down an off-the-ball incident involving striker Edinson Cavani and Everton defender Yerry Mina in their 2-0 League Cup quarter-final victory at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

Cavani, who scored two minutes from time before Anthony Martial netted United’s second, received only a verbal warning from referee Bobby Madley after shoving Mina to the ground with his hands close to the Colombian’s throat in the opening half.

No further action was taken as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is absent in the competition until the semi-finals and Solskjaer said there was “nothing in it” despite TV replays showing that Uruguayan Cavani was lucky to escape sanction.

Everton 0-2 Manchester United: Solskjaer responds to Edinson Cavani and Yerry Mina incident
December 23, 2020 Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves the pitch at half time [REUTERS]

“Two South Americans that have had a few battles before, they met in Copa America qualifiers so, no, this was a proper game of football,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“With fans, tackles, yellow cards and chances at both ends, I enjoyed it… He (Cavani) is a top striker, the movement, the quality and the left-foot strike was excellent.”

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti said that he did not discuss the matter with his players at the end of the game.

“The rules are that VAR does not happen in the game and so if the referee decides that Cavani did not do anything wrong then we need to accept this. Full stop,” Ancelotti said.

United next face local rivals Manchester City in the semi-finals of the competition.

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