Both players have struggled to earn minutes since joining United last season from Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
Cavani has battled fitness issues but is down the pecking order, despite being one of the most effective strikers at the club with the best goal per minutes ratio. Van De Beek, on the other hand, seems like a forgotten player as he has only been given a total of two Premier League starts in his time at United.
Cavani is ready to end his adventure with United and move on in January especially with Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club and has had contacts with Barcelona and clubs in South America.
Ralf Rangnick has now admitted that he is desperate to keep the striker as he seeks a strong finish for United this season. The interim manager also pleaded with Van De Beek, stating that the young Dutchman will get chances to play.
We have to keep them, Rangnick admits
Ahead of their 2022 calendar opening game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Rangnick said of Cavani’s situation: “We’ve had quite a few conversations in the last couple of weeks and he’s probably the player with whom I have spoken most.
“I told him from the very first day that, for me, he is a highly important player. His professionalism and his work ethic is just amazing, and I told him that I desperately want him to stay until the end of the season.
“He knows that. He also knows how highly I rate him and how highly I respect him. I know from some players that they would want to leave, but we spoke about Edi and he knows that I will definitely not let him go.
“For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season, so we will definitely need Edi. For me it’s clear that Edi has to stay.”
About Van De Beek, Rangnick said: “As I have got to know him he’s got a top mentality, he works hard in every training session.
“He’s a team player through and through and there will be games where he will get his chance to play, I’m sure.
“Of course it’s difficult for him right now, because he also wants to play for the Dutch national team. He wants to play in the World Cup in Qatar and in order to do that he needs to get game-time here.
“But I still believe that we should keep him, that he should stay here, definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much game-time as he possibly can.”