Edinson Cavani backs up Rio Ferdinand’s claim during heated exchange

Edinson Cavani is quickly establishing himself as a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford, with the Uruguayan striker bagging himself another brace in Manchester United’s second leg Europa League clash away at Roma.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had the tie wrapped up in the first leg after running riot in Manchester, beating the Serie A outfit 6-2, Cavani notching two in that performance as well.

His efforts mean that Cavani is part of a select group of players to score four or more goals across a single Europa League semi-final tie, alongside Radamel Falcao in 2011 and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2019.

Cavani put four past Roma over the course of the two-legged tie

Rio Ferdinand, covering the clash as part of BT Sport’s punditry team, had earlier praised Cavani, citing him as a leader and someone the likes of Mason Greenwood can look up to and learn from.

When asked if United should do everything they can to secure Cavani’s services for another year, the former Old Trafford stalwart said: “As important [as his play], we saw Bruno [Fernandes] in his press conference yesterday, it’s his personality, the way he is in the dressing room.

“He’s a winner, he’s won multiple trophies all over the world and that then inspires the younger player.

United will be keen to keep the Uruguayan around for another season
United will be keen to keep the Uruguayan around for another season

“The key thing for Ole is getting the young players like Mason [Greenwood] – who could become a true centre forward – but also [Rashford], if he can train and coach those guys and they can learn from him…beautiful.”

Cavani went on to prove Ferdinand right, as late in on the tie, Mason Greenwood found himself outnumbered in a heated exchange with two Roma players, before his elder striking partner came to his aid.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker has enjoyed a stellar debut campaign in Manchester, notching 14 goals in all competitions, he also had achieved the impressive feat of registering more than a goal a game in the Europa League.

Fellow former United player Owen Hargreaves also heaped praise on the forward, claiming: “The thing that’s really impressive, is just his general centre forward play. He gets a lot of credit for his finishing, but just his general hold-up play, I thought it was absolutely first class.”

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