Edinson Cavani has given the manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer more reasons to keep trying to convince him to remain at the Premier League club. The 34-year-old Uruguayan striker was the club’s talisman in Manchester United’s 6-2 win over Roma at the Old Trafford.
On Thursday, April 29, Manchester United played Roma in the first leg of the Europa League semi-final round and the Premier League club slammed the Italian Serie A club 6-2 which means that the Italian side must beat Man United in Rome on May 6 without conceding any goal.
In the first leg of the match, Edinson Cavani proved that age is just a number by becoming one of the game changers in the game. Roma started the game like a house on fire leading United 2-1 within the first 33rd minute.
Edinson Cavani stepped up his game by scoring two goals within 22 minutes to give Manchester United the lead. The brace made Cavani the oldest footballer to score two goals in a Europa League game.
Besides his two goals, the Uruguayan striker provided two assists in the game which means that Edinson Cavani was involved in five goals (including a penalty he created) out of the six goals Manchester United scored against Roma on Thursday.
Throughout the 90 minutes of football, Edinson Cavani recorded 89 percent pass accuracy, made 7 shots, four of which were on target, created 5 chances, and won one penalty.
His performance has taken Manchester United a step closer to the final of the Europa League and has continued to force Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to continue to push him to extend his contract with United.
Edinson Cavani’s current contract with Manchester United will expire on June 30, 2021, and Manchester United are interested in extending the Uruguayan striker. But the 34-year-old striker is yet to decide on his next move.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “Edinson was excellent. I’ve said before, he plays as a center-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…
“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 are 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.”
So for this season, Edinson Cavani has made 22 Premier League appearances in which he scored 8 goals and provided 2 assists. He has scored 12 goals and provided 5 assists in 33 games in all competitions.