Solskjaer makes promise to Cavani to convince him to stay at Man Utd
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes Edinson Cavani will commit his future to Manchester United so he can experience the "different feeling" of scoring in front of a full Old Trafford.
Cavani produced his finest performance for the Red Devils on Thursday night with two goals and three assists in the 6-2 rout of Roma.
The Uruguayan's double takes his tally for the season to 12 goals, but he is yet to play in front of a full crowd at United's 75,000-seater home due to coronavirus restrictions. In fact, the most supporters he has played in front of at Old Trafford is 2,000.
Meanwhile, the 34-year-old appears keen to return to South America this summer rather than activate a one-year extension in his current contract.
But Solskjaer has not given up hope of keeping the veteran striker and hopes the tantalising prospect of playing in front of fans next season will convince him to stay.
"He was out for seven months without playing football for a long, long time before he came to us," said the United boss of Cavani after the win over Roma.
"He’s had a couple of injuries and he’s worked hard to get back fit and has shown his qualities.
"This year has been very difficult but I’ve promised him Old Trafford and Manchester is a different place without fans in the stadium, he must try to get that feeling onside.
"Manchester is a fantastic place to live, I’m doing my best. Let’s see.
"Nights like this, hopefully we can get to the final and hopefully he can see himself being here for another year.
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"We don’t have to sell the club to him, it’s about the feeling he gets, how he feels coming in every day, the environment we’re creating, the team we’re creating that he’s part of.
"But, as I say, he has to feel scoring those goals in the Stretford End with fans, that’s a different feeling. We’ve got the best fans and, as a goalscorer, there’s no better way to celebrate than in front of them."
Solskjaer also heaped praise on Cavani's well-rounded qualities and highlighted how his professionalism is shining through during the business end of the season.
The Norwegian added: "He’s more than just a goal poacher, he’s a very good goalscorer, he’s played football now for so long and he does have a calmness and composure about him. The flick for the first goal and pass for Mason’s.
"He’s just showing his experience and we need that this time of the season, we want the big players and experienced players to step up and he has definitely done lately."
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