Cavani is reportedly undecided about whether to agree to a one-year contract extension as he is to be unsettled in Manchester and keen to return to South America, where Boca Juniors have an offer on the table for him.
A flawless centre-forward’s performance against Roma last night, in which he scored two goals, provided two assists and drew a penalty, underlined the Uruguayan’s importance to United even more, as Solskjaer revealed after the game.
‘He knows I’d love to have him for another year,’ the boss said.
‘I understand it’s been very difficult for him. I’ve promised him Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place with fans in.
‘We must try to get that feeling that Manchester is a good place to live. I’m doing my best. Hopefully nights like this help him see himself here for another year.
‘We don’t have to sell it to him — it’s about how he feels coming in every day; the team we are creating, he’s part of it.
‘But he has to feel it, scoring those goals with fans. We’ve got the best fans, he’s a goalscorer and there’s nothing better than celebrating in front of them at the Stretford End.’
‘Give him £100k a week extra I don’t care,’ one fan tweeted. ‘His help this season alone was worthy of a £150 million price tag. Not only is he performing on the pitch, he brings so much leadership and knowledge to the dressing room, his workrate is insane.’
give him 100k a week extra i don't care. His help this season alone was worthy of a 150million price tag. Not only is he performing on the pitch, he brings so much leadership and knowledge to the dressing room, his workrate is insane.
— petersawyers (@Thunesjr) April 29, 2021
‘I’m on my knees for him to stay man, what a player he’s been for us recently. Really turned it up a notch in the past month or two’ said another.
I’m on my knees for him to stay man, what a player he’s been for us recently. Really turned it up a notch in the past month or 2.
— Nathan (@utdNathann) April 29, 2021
‘Be a travesty if he doesn’t get to experience a full Old Trafford. We need to keep him.’
‘Ole’s system comes alive with an out and out number nine and Cavani has shown it time and again! Keep him or improve on him!’
‘Get his family whatever they want. We can’t replace such a player.’
‘Definitely needs to be here one more season, the crowd will go absolutely nuts for him.’
Manchester United will do ‘everything they can’ to keep Edinson Cavani. The board and everyone in the club want Edi to stay – as they told him in last meeting. Solskjaer is pushing with the player. ???? #MUFC
Cavani will communicate his decision after speaking with his family. ????????
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) April 29, 2021