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Cavani to stay? Solskjaer speaks on next season for Man Utd striker after latest goal.

Cavani to stay? Solskjaer speaks on next season for Man Utd striker after latest goal.

Cavani to stay? Solskjaer speaks on next season for Man Utd striker after latest goal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed the significance of Manchester United getting the best out of Edinson Cavani next season in a potential suggestion over the striker’s fate.

Cavani came off the bench to secure United’s third as they recovered from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1 on Sunday and block Manchester City from being crowned champions.

A loss would have secured the crown for Pep Guardiola’s side and the Red Devils were losing at half-time thanks to an excellent strike from Bertrand Traore.

However, a Bruno Fernandes penalty and a Mason Greenwood strike altered the game on its head in the second half before Cavani nodded home his incredible eighth goal in seven games.

Cavani also became the third Man U professional player to score five Premier League goals in a single campaign as a substitute, following in the tracks of Javier Hernandez in 2010-11 and manager Solskjaer in 1998-99.

As yet, there has been no established arrangement between the Uruguayan and the club over prolonging his stay at Old Trafford by another 12 months, but Solskjaer appears confident of keeping the 34-year-old.

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“His movement, his desire to score goals… A great cross from Marcus [Rashford],” Solskjaer told Sky Sports when asked about the qualities that Cavani brings to the side.

“We’re getting to learn Edinson as well, and hopefully, we can use him more next season.”

Greenwood’s goal took him to 16 in the top flight, bettering the previous record of 15 for a Red Devils teenager in the competition set by Wayne Rooney.

“He’s top,” said Solskjaer. “I was thinking maybe curl it far post, but he goes near post. He’s got all the finishes. Mason had a long night on Thursday [against Roma] and worked really hard today.

“You think maybe you could take him off at half-time, because the boy needs some rest, but it just shows that he can do the best.”

While United’s win guaranteed the title race will proceed for now, the 10-point gap to City at the top means they must realistically conquer their remaining four matches and hope their rivals pick up no more than a point from their final three games.

With pile-up fixtures to come against Leicester City and Liverpool between now and next weekend, United’s fortunes of holding City’s wait for the trophy seem to be slim.

Solskjaer, though, was pleased to stop City from partying on Sunday, especially given his players had been on duty for the Europa League semi-final second leg against Roma three days ago.

“That’s a good thing, that’s the best thing with today. At least I don’t drive into a blue army tonight,” he said. “We’ll try to deal with it as long as we can.

“[It is a] massive result; it takes a little bit of the pressure away, we can go into the next one confident, enjoy it. I’m delighted. It was always going to be difficult after being in Europe; [we] didn’t come back until half four in the morning on Friday.

“Great reaction at half-time again, even though I felt first half we were the better team, created the better chances but couldn’t find the goal.

“The advantage of being fresh going into a game like this is quite high. We could have scored the first goal, they scored from nothing, with a good goal by the way, but I’m pleased with everyone. I know how hard it is towards the end of a long, long season.”

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Cavani to stay? Solskjaer speaks on next season for Man Utd striker after latest goal.

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