Uruguayan centre-forward Edinson Cavani has been told to leave Manchester United by fellow countryman and former Premier League manager Gus Poyet.

The 34-year-old penned a one-year contract extension at the club earlier this year, but since the arrival of Portugal icon Cristiano Ronaldo, the South American has evidently fallen down the pecking order.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea man Poyet, who played 26 times for his country’s national team, believes Cristiano’s arrival will have an effect on Edinson’s game time and therefore thinks he needs to leave in January.

“[Cavani] was unlucky, because without Ronaldo coming in, he was playing as [Man United’s] main striker,” Gus told talkSPORT.

“The decision of Juventus, Manchester City getting involved, incredibly went against one person especially – and that was Cavani.

“Maybe he should move in January. From the outside, I don’t know him, but if I was him, seeing how things are now, and seeing him not getting to 90 minutes for the national team because he’s not playing – maybe.”

Edinson – who has been linked with La Liga heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid – netted 17 times in 43 appearances for United across all competitions last campaign, however this term, the veteran attacker has featured for just 119 minutes across four games.