Man Utd ‘looking’ at striker position but want Cavani stay

Paul Macdonald
Man Utd ‘looking’ at striker position but want Cavani stay

Manchester United are “looking” at the striker position and would prefer Edinson Cavani to stay at Old Trafford.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer provided an update on the 34-year-old ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final tie away to Leicester City.

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Cavani has been out with injury since the 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on March 3.

He has largely impressed after signing on a free transfer from PSG, scoring six goals in 18 Premier League appearances (nine starts).

‘Let’s see what Cavani decides to do’

Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season, though he and United have the option to extend that deal.

This month, his father suggested Cavani wished to join Boca Juniors, though the player came out and said he was proud to wear the Man Utd shirt.

And Solskjaer has suggested United now need to see what Cavani decides.

The Man Utd boss said: “We want a competitive squad.

“We need someone up there to score the goals for us, so we are looking at it.

“We are speaking to Eddy. Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see.

“We are in good dialogue with him.”

Cavani a doubt for Man Utd

Cavani has not been definitively ruled out of the match against Leicester.

But Mason Greenwood is expected to start up front for Man Utd with Cavani a doubt and Marcus Rashford out.

“We haven’t really got to the bottom of it with Edinson,” added Solskjaer.

“He’s worked really hard and is joining training sessions.

“Towards the end of training sessions when he needs to chop it up and feel 100 per cent ready for the game and he hasn’t really gotten there yet.

“So, it’s down to him. He wants to be 100 per cent when he joins in.

“He doesn’t want to come in and look off the pace.

“So hopefully he can be ready but I’m not sure either, because after the training [before the Milan game] he felt something that he couldn’t travel with us.”