Man Utd: Solskjaer to do all he can to convince Cavani to stay
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Manchester United legend Roy Keane doesn’t feel Edinson Cavani should stay at the club this summer. The Uruguay international has scored five goals from his last five matches across all competitions. But talk of a potential move to Boca Juniors continues to rumble on.
Manchester United go up against Liverpool today with Cavani expected to start.
The 34-year-old took his tally to 12 for the campaign with a fine brace against Roma in midweek, boosting his side’s chances of Europa League glory in the process.
However, while he’s been deadly of late, the Uruguay international’s long-term future at Old Trafford is currently up in the air.
Boca Juniors want to bring the forward back to South America, despite Cavani only arriving in England last year.
And Keane, speaking to Sky Sports, feels United shouldn’t keep Cavani because the veteran can’t be relied on.
“I kind of hope that they don’t keep him, because then they might look and think we don’t need to go and get another (striker),” he said.
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“He’s 34, if you’re hanging your hat on Cavani next year to getting United back to winning league titles, forget about it.
“He’ll be a back-up striker and he won’t want to be a back-up striker, so that’s why he’ll be reluctant to sign a new contract and there’s obviously family reasons behind it.
“We were here a few months ago watching Man City against United and saying there was no way City were going to win the title, but Pep Guardiola deserves credit.”
Another player who sparkled for United against Roma was Paul Pogba.
But Keane thinks the France international can’t be depended on, either, despite his recent improvement.
“He’s done better in the last few games, he did well the other day against Roma, but I thought the standard of that game was really poor,” he said.
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“I still don’t think Pogba will drive United back to winning championships.
“I don’t think he’s a big leader, that type of character. I still think United need to go and get two world-class players.”
Regarding Cavani, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for his star man after Thursday’s 6-2 victory over Roma.
“Edinson was excellent,” he said.
“I’ve said before, he plays as a centre-forward should be playing, running the channels, being the focal points, creating chances for others, scoring goals.
“He missed a couple of chances as well, but that is what he is there to do really, if he gets three or four chances a game, he will score two or three goals.
“I’m absolutely delighted with him. You can see the difference in him, he’s worked up his fitness having had a long lay-off. He’s making up for lost time.
“He is more than a goal poacher, he’s a very good goal scorer. He’s played football for so long; he has a calmness and composure about him.
“The flick for the first goal [Fernandes’], the pass for Mason’s goal, he’s just showing his experience and we need that at this time of the season.
“We want and need our experienced players to step up and he definitely has done.”
Solskjaer also insisted he wanted Cavani to stay put.
“Edinson was out for seven months and not playing football for a very long time before he came to us,” Solskjaer said.
“He’s had a couple of injuries and has worked really hard to show his quality.
“He knows my feelings, he knows that I would love to have him for another year, we have spoken about it.
“I understand this year has been very difficult, but I promised him that Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with fans in the stadium.
“I’m doing my best, nights like this [help], hopefully we can get to the final and hopefully he can see himself being here for another year.”
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