Cavani celebrates

Solskjaer: We want to see Cavani celebrating with fans

Sunday 11 April 2021 20:23

Edinson Cavani's exemplary performance in Manchester United's comeback win against Tottenham Hotspur hinted at nothing but full commitment to the Reds, but the Uruguayan is yet to make a decision on his future at the club according to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After seeing a first-half goal ruled out following a VAR review, Cavani appeared determined to make a difference in north London on Sunday and did so when he headed home a Mason Greenwood cross to put United ahead in the 79th minute.
Only Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored more headed goals (six) in the Premier League this season than Cavani (five). His traditional centre-forward style of play offers something completely different to United's other forwards, as Solskjaer was keen to point out after the match.
"The goals we scored were excellent, Edinson shows why he’s a no.9," Ole told Sky Sports.
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As for the 34-year-old's future at United, Solskjaer revealed that a decision is yet to be made.
"For a new lad who doesn’t speak English and not having his family over here, of course it’s in the back of his head [returning to South American]," the United boss explained.
"If he decides it’s just the season then we’d be very happy to have had him here."
Elaborating further in his press conference, Solskjaer explained that he and Cavani have spoken to each other about the matter.
“We’ve had up front and honest meetings," said Ole. "It’s no secret we want to keep him. I don’t think it’s any secret too that this has been a difficult year for everyone.
"With the pandemic it’s not been possible to have friends over, family over without quarantine. You can’t travel.
"He’s not been able to experience the fantastic culture in Manchester and in and around in England, and he is contemplating and thinking hard and long about what he wants to do and I understand.
"He knows what we want; I want him in Old Trafford when it’s full, Stretford End scoring a diving header like today. There’s no better feeling, so let’s wait and see.”
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After a fantastic goalscoring record over winter, Cavani's second-half header at Spurs was the first time he'd found the net since February. It was not, though, the first time he'd caused the Spurs' backline problems.
In the first half, Edi finished beautifully through the legs of Hugo Lloris but his passionate celebrations were cut short when the VAR official, Craig Pawson, recommended to referee Chris Kavanagh that he disallow the he review the goal, with it subsequently ruled out.
United soon went behind but equalised when Fred tapped home from close range. He and Cavani had combined on the edge of the box to make the chance and when Fred ran off in celebration, Cavani's reaction was as if he scored himself.