After scoring a match-winning brace against Southampton last month, the Uruguayan responded to a congratulatory post from a friend saying, ‘Gracias negrito’, which translates as, ‘Thanks, little black’.
On Thursday the Football Association confirmed they had charged Cavani with misconduct and he has been given until Monday 4 January 2021 to respond, with a three-game suspension a possibility.
But United are adamant that Cavani was unaware of the connotations of his words and promptly deleted the post when informed, and Solskjaer likewise hopes the FA will not punish his forward.
Asked about the FA charge following his side’s win over Sheffield United on Thursday night, Solskjaer told Amazon Prime Video: ‘I know that Edinson never meant any harm.
‘It’s his friend and he has come into the country and made a mistake.
‘He’s apologised, he didn’t mean any malice and we’ll work with the FA. Hopefully, it’ll be okay.’
United issues their own statement earlier in the day, which read: ‘Manchester United and all of our players are fully committed to the fight against racism and we will continue to work with the FA – along with other governing bodies and organisations, and through our own campaigns – in that regard.
‘We note the FA decision today to charge Edinson Cavani for his social media reply to a friend’s message of congratulations, following the Southampton game.
‘Edinson and the club were clear that there was absolutely no malicious intent behind the message, which he deleted and apologised for, as soon as he was informed that it could have been misconstrued.
‘The player and the club will now consider the charge and respond to the FA accordingly.‘