Man Utd: Solskjaer to do all he can to convince Cavani to stay
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Manchester United must keep Edinson Cavani instead of Harry Kane for the sake of Mason Greenwood, according to Phil Neville. The Uruguay international has been in fine form lately, scoring five goals from his last five appearances. But, while that’s the case, talk of a potential move to Boca Juniors is continuing to gather momentum.
Cavani could leave United this summer, with the Red Devils yet to tie him down to a new contract.
But Neville thinks him staying is of paramount importance to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, believing he can be a vital mentor for Mason Greenwood.
Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “Oh, I’d sign Cavani.
“I think when you talk about brilliant strikers… Cavani was world-class this week. For a player who has come in on a free transfer, he is everything you want in a centre-forward.
“I know a lot of people are talking about Harry Kane, and I think Harry Kane is world-class, but I think in Cavani they’ve got someone who can definitely produce the goods for another 12 months and the club would not have to pay the types of money that you have to pay for somebody like Harry Kane.
“Obviously long-term you’d have a think about the best players in the world at this moment in time, you think about Lewandowski, Kane, Mbappe, but it’s going to be difficult to prise those players away from their clubs.
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“So I think Cavani fits the bill perfectly.
“I think if you bring in somebody like Harry Kane you’re also blocking the path for somebody like Mason Greenwood, who I think is one of the best finishers in the game.
“Ultimately, United have to create a pathway for Mason Greenwood to actually become the number nine.
“He’s going to be the number nine without a shadow of a doubt – he’s the best finisher at that club.
“When he gets stronger, and he is getting stronger, when his movement gets better and he gets more consistency in his play, he will be the number nine for England and Manchester United.
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“That’s how excited I am. This boy takes penalties with his left and right foot – not many players in the world do that.
“He is a top, top, top talent.”
Greenwood has endured a problematic season with United.
However, in recent weeks, the England international has started to deliver with some impressive consistency.
The 19-year-old has scored six goals from his last eight appearances, starting his streak against Leicester in the FA Cup.
Greenwood has since found the net against Brighton, Tottenham, Burnley and Roma.
And, if he continues at this rate, then United will have one of the best young players on the entire planet.
Meanwhile, regarding Cavani, Solskjaer said after the club’s 6-2 victory over Roma he wants the 34-year-old to stay.
“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.
“Edinson was out for seven months and not playing football for a very long time before he came to us.
“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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