The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the club’s veteran striker Edison Cavani for contributing four goals that ensured that the club qualified for the Europa League final.
Edison Cavani scored two goals in Manchester United’s 3-2 defeat in the second leg of the UEFA Europa League against Italian club, Roma on Thursday, May 6, 2021.
The two goals the 34-year-old Uruguayan center-forward scored on Thursday were a follow-up to the two goals he scored on April 29 when Roma visited Old Trafford for the first leg of the tie. Recall that the first leg ended 6-2 in favor of United.
At the end of the two-legged affairs, Manchester United made it to the final of the Europa League for the first time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Recall that the Norwegian coach has taken United to three semi-finals of three different competitions but failed to take them to the finals. Hence, Cavani’s four goals in the double-legged encounter helped to break such a jinx this season.
“The reason we’re here is that we’ve got a center-forward who has scored four goals during the tie,” Solskjaer said.
“Edinson has shown again why we want to keep him at Old Trafford.
“Football has its own language. Edinson has proven tonight, in previous games and throughout his career what a center-forward should be doing both on and off the ball, both preparing for games and recovering from games
“He’s an absolute top professional and everyone in my team can learn from him.”
🤜🤛🤝… pic.twitter.com/OyUN4QQGea— Edi Cavani Official (@ECavaniOfficial) May 7, 2021
Edison Cavani’s contract with Manchester United will expire this summer and the club’s coach had admitted that he wishes to keep the veteran at the club beyond this summer.
However, there are speculations that the Uruguayan football icon might be tempted to leave the club due to a lack of regular game time. But such speculation might not hold based on the current form of the striker.
Solskjaer describes David De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world
The manager of Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has described the club’s goalkeeper, David De Gea as the best goalkeeper in the world after conceding three goals on Thursday.
De Gea was in between the sticks in the second leg of the Europa League semi-final game against Roma. He conceded three goals in the 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Italian club.
However, the coach of the club whose team scaled through to the final thanks to the 6-2 victory in the first leg, said De Gea has had to save the team when United’s players lost the ball in dangerous parts of the pitch.
“We kept losing the ball in difficult positions but luckily we have got one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” Solskjaer told BT Sport.
“The final is still three weeks away and we’ve got many games still to play.
“David has put a very good application in of course with his performance.
“The proof is always on the pitch. You’ve got to perform, and you keep your place in the team when you play well.”
Manchester United will face Spanish La Liga club, Villarreal in the final of the UEFA Europa League on May 26 in Poland.