Manchester United hope they can convince Edinson Cavani to stay another season by ending this campaign with a trophy with striker still undecided on his future
- Man United are hopeful they can still persuade Cavani to stay at Old Trafford
- Solskjaer knows the Uruguayan striker is keen on returning to South America
- Cavani has impressed in recent games but wants to live closer to his family
Manchester United are hopeful they can still persuade Edinson Cavani to stay at Old Trafford by winning a trophy this season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows the Uruguayan striker is keen on returning to South America having endured a difficult year in England off the pitch because of Covid restrictions.
But he is still trying to convince the 34-year-old that next season would be more enjoyable with fans back inside Old Trafford, more freedom in his social life and a potential crack at the Premier League title.
Manchester United are hopeful they can still persuade Edinson Cavani to stay at Old Trafford
‘Edinson is not 100% decided on his future yet,’ confirmed Solskjaer. ‘He’s not told me he wants to leave but I am very aware he might be going back home to South America. If that’s his decision, I will understand that.
‘He knows my view. He knows I’d love to see him play in front of the Man United fans at Old Trafford. It will be the year when we can get the fans back in and it’s important that he makes the decision not with anything else in mind.
‘He wants a successful end to the season and that might sway him because he knows I love working with him, the boys really love having him around.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer knows the Uruguayan striker is keen on returning to South America
Cavani has scored nine goals for United since signing as a free agent from PSG in October. After today’s game at Leeds, United face Roma in a Europa Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday as they bid to win their first trophy since 2017.
The Uruguayan has played an important mentoring role to United’s talented young forwards Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford but the Covid crisis has affected his ability to properly settle in England so far.
‘It’s important we give him as much time as possible to make a decision,’ added Solskjaer. ‘I think the whole pandemic and the situation in the country has been difficult particularly for him, maybe not speaking the language and having his friends around him.’
United will have some fans allowed inside Old Trafford for their final Premier League home game against Fulham.
The Uruguayan has been superb for United in recent games and has been a big influence
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