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Edinson Cavani transfer admission made by Solskjaer amid Man Utd contract issue

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United are only now learning how to get the best out of Edinson Cavani and reiterated his desire to see the striker remain at Old Trafford next season.

On Sunday Cavani scored his eighth goal in his last seven outings, despite only four of them being starts, as United came from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-1.

And once again the 34-year-old’s movement and ability to connect with his teammates was pivotal, as he ran across a Villa defender to head in Marcus Rashford’s pinpoint cross and seal victory.

Cavani now has 15 goals in 17 starts and 18 substitute appearances for United since joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

And Solskjaer is hopeful that there will be plenty more where they came from.

Edinson Cavani scored his 15th Manchester United goal against Aston Villa

The Uruguayan signed a one-year deal at Old Trafford when he joined from PSG and whilst the club have the option of a second year, they can only activate it with the agreement of the striker, who has previously expressed a desire to return to South America.

However, Solskjaer is still hopeful of persuading Cavani to stay put and couldn’t help but let out a wry smile when he discussed Cavani’s future after the victory over Aston Villa.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Edinson Cavani will sign a new contract at Manchester United
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Edinson Cavani will sign a new contract at Manchester United

“Yeah his movement and his desire to score goals [is there],” said Solskjaer.

“It was a great cross from Marcus. We’re getting to learn Edinson as well and hopefully we can get to use him more next season.”

Cavani has not played football in South America since 2007, when he left Uruguayan side Danubio to join Palermo in Italy.

Hugely successful spells at Napoli and PSG followed and Cavani has become a Uruguayan football icon in the process, winning 118 caps and scoring 51 goals.

With Boca Juniors keen to secure his services, Cavani is keen to finish his playing career in South America but Solskjaer is trying to keep him in Europe for at least one more year.

Speaking earlier this week, Solskjaer said: “Sometimes I look at him and think wow, at that age I had to retire because of my knees. I wish I could keep going like he does.

“So what I say to him as well: play at the highest level as long as you can.

“Play and enjoy it because suddenly it is taken away and hopefully we can see him here next year.”

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