Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offers biggest hint yet Edinson Cavani will stay at Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has dropped the biggest hint yet that striker Edinson Cavani will stay at Old Trafford beyond this season. Cavani scored United’s third goal to wrap up a win at Aston Villa on Sunday to all but confirm the Red Devils’ place in the Premier League’s top four.

The Uruguayan joined Solskjaer’s side on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain at the start of the season, signing a one-year deal.

He has proved to be a key member of United’s team this season, scoring 15 goals and notching five assists in all competitions.

The 34-year-old is arguably the only top-quality natural striker in Solskajer’s squad, with Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial failing to impress when played through the middle.

But despite a successful first season in England, which will end with an appearance in the Europa League final, Cavani has been heavily linked with a departure in the summer.

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United can reportedly exercise a one-year extension clause in Cavani’s deal, but the former PSG man had looked set to end his stay at Old Trafford.

Boca Juniors were the frontrunners for his signature, but Cavani has appeared to have a change of heart in recent weeks.

That means he looks increasingly likely to sign a new deal to remain in Manchester, with the striker set to be handed a bumper pay rise.

Tying Cavani down to a new contract would be a major boost to Solskjaer, with United also believed to be targeting a striker in the summer transfer window.

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But if the Uruguayan did stay, it would take much of the pressure off of United’s recruitment team to bring in a top-quality option.

Cavani again showcased his quality against Villa, heading in a late Marcus Rashford cross to seal a comeback win.

Following the game, Solskjaer appeared to all but confirm that Cavani would be staying at United beyond this campaign.

“His movement, his desire to score goals. Great cross by Marcus. We’re getting to learn Edinson as well. Hopefully we can use him more next season,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports when asked about Cavani’s performance.

A new deal for Cavani would certainly please many associated with United, following the striker’s starring performance in the Europa League semi-final win against Roma.

One group who would welcome Cavani back next season is the United squad itself, with left-back Luke Shaw giving an insight into his importance to the team following the win at Villa.

“Massively. Especially in the last month or so he’s been unbelievable,” Shaw told Sky Sports when asked about Cavani’s influence.

“Not just for his goals, but the experience he brings to the team for the younger players is vital and he pushes them a lot. Hopefully he can keep doing that towards the end of the season.”
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