Man Utd boss Solskjaer offers fresh Edinson Cavani contract update – ‘I’m doing my best’
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has provided an update on Edinson Cavani’s future at Manchester United. Cavani starred in United’s 6-2 thrashing of Roma in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday night.
The Uruguayan striker was fantastic at Old Trafford, setting up Bruno Fernandes to open the scoring and, after Roma hit back with two goals to go in 2-1 up at half-time, it was Cavani who inspired the comeback.
The 34-year-old struck a brilliant first-time finish into the top corner to equalise before smashing in a rebound to make it 3-2.
Fernandes’ penalty, Paul Pogba’s header and Mason Greenwood’s strike, from Cavani’s eye-catching outside-of-the-foot pass, then added gloss to the score line.
United now have one foot in the Europa League final on May 26 in the Polish city of Gdansk and after the final whistle attention turned to Cavani’s future.
Cavani joined Solskjaer’s side at the start of the season on a one-year deal after his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expired and he is now approaching the end of his time in Manchester.
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Boca Juniors have been linked with a move for the experienced forward and his father has claimed he wants to move back to South America to be closer to his family.
Cavani, who has now scored 12 goals for United this season, has stayed tight-lipped about his future, but Solskjaer is clear about the club’s stance.
“He was out for seven months without playing football for a long, long time before he came to us,” Solskjaer told reporters last night.
“He’s had a couple of injuries and he’s worked hard to get back fit and has shown his qualities.
“He knows my feelings. I’d love to have him for another year, we’ve spoken about it. This year has been very difficult but I’ve promised him Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place without fans in the stadium, he must try to get that feeling on side.
“Manchester is a fantastic place to live, I’m doing my best. Let’s see.
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“Nights like this, hopefully we can get to the final and hopefully he can see himself being here for another year.
“We don’t have to sell the club to him, it’s about the feeling he gets, how he feels coming in every day, the environment we’re creating, the team we’re creating that he’s part of.
“But, as I say, he has to feel scoring those goals in the Stretford End with fans, that’s a different feeling. We’ve got the best fans and, as a goalscorer, there’s no better way to celebrate than in front of them.
“He’s more than just a goal poacher, he’s a very good goalscorer, he’s played football now for so long and he does have a calmness and composure about him. The flick for the first goal and pass for Mason’s.
“He’s just showing his experience and we need that this time of the season, we want the big players and experienced players to step up and he has definitely done lately.”
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