Solskjaer committed to convincing Cavani to stay

Solskjaer committed to convincing Cavani to stay
Soccer Football - Europa League - Semi Final First Leg - Manchester United v AS Roma - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - April 29, 2021 Manchester United's Edinson Cavani scores their third goal REUTERS/Phil Noble

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has vowed to continue trying to convince Edinson Cavani to stay at Old Trafford after his influential performance helped demolish Roma 6-2 to leave Manchester United on the brink of the Europa League final.

The Uruguayan sparked United’s scintillating second-half fightback after Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty and Edin Dzeko’s sixth Old Trafford goal had seen Roma turn the game around following Bruno Fernandes’ opener.

Cavani’s stunning first-time strike hauled United level early in the second half before his predatory instinct saw him restore United’s lead with a close-range rebound, and there was no looking back as United ran riot to rip Roma to shreds.

Cavani won the penalty which Fernandes converted to make it 4-2 and, after Paul Pogba had headed in a fifth, he set up substitute Mason Greenwood for a sixth which saw United put a foot in May’s final in Gdansk.

“We want to go through, of course,” Solskjaer said. “Good reaction at half-time. I thought we played some good stuff in the first half as well but we forgot you have to run back as well and you have to run back quick. The second half we did that part better and of course that creates more opportunities to attack.

“Edinson was excellent. 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.”

Solskjaer added: “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.”

-Report by skysports

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