Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again had nothing but praise for his striker Edison Cavani following their progress onto the final of the Europa League. Spanish keeper, David De Gea was also mentioned by his manager after his impressive display against Roma on Thursday.
Two-legs of football against their Italian opposition Roma, saw Manchester United move on to the final of the Europa League winning 8-5 on aggregate. Despite suffering a heavy 6-2 defeat in the first leg, Roma remained stubborn and caused United multiple problems sealing a 3-2 victory on the night. Unfortunately, this gallant effort would not be rewarded on the night.
Edison Cavani stole the show once more in this exciting feature, bagging a second brace of goals to accompany the two goals he scored in the first leg.
Ole went on to say; “The reason we’re here is because we’ve got a centre-forward who has scored four goals during the tie, Edinson has shown again why we want to keep him at Old Trafford.”
With Solskjaer making it clear how important Cavani is to his side’s success, he will be more than determined in keeping the Uruguayan striker in Manchester for the following season. Although Cavani has admitted to enjoying his season so far at United, there have been many factors causing the scrutiny about his future at the club. One of those being the COVID pandemic causing Edison to be without his family.
Argentina’s Boca Juniors are one of the teams who have put in an offer for the Manchester United forward, which would be a fitting place for Cavani to end his career being much closer to his home nation. Despite all this speculation, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that he is hopeful that he will manage to keep hold of the Uruguayan forward.
Following questions about Cavani’s future, Ole mentioned “We’ve had some good chats lately,
And even though the decision is still in his court, I’m still hopeful.
“And maybe even more so when you saw him on Thursday against Rome, and telling him ‘when you do that in front of the Stretford End, that’s magic.”
Although the overall atmosphere in the Manchester United camp was positive, Solskjaer made it clear that he was disappointed with his side’s erratic second-half. Roma bagged back-to-back goals in quick succession during the second-half and this could have easily been doubled, if not for David De Gea’s collection of remarkable saves.
The Spanish goalkeeper has fallen second place in recent games to Dean Henderson for the number one spot in the United squad, but this did not stop David from putting on an exceptional show from between the sticks in the Stadio Olimpico. With the Italian side racking up a total of 20 shots (12 on target) De Gea certainly had a busy night and deserved the high praise he received from his manager.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BT Sport “We kept losing the ball in difficult positions but luckily we have got one of the best goalkeepers in the world,” and after being asked if De Gea had done enough to secure a spot in the Europa League final, Ole said “David was vital and was man of the match for me. He was the stand-out performer.”The final is still three weeks away and we’ve got many games still to play.
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“David has put a very good application in of course with his performance.
“The proof is always on the pitch. You’ve got to perform, and you keep your place in the team when you play well.”
Despite his fine display in the Europa League semi-final, De Gea’s future at United may be up after spending close to ten years as number one. With close to 1000 saves to his name, a Premier League title and a golden glove award De Gea has had a strong spell at United but with slight dips in his form showing, Dean Henderson has been the preferred number one of late.
Although the Spaniard has lost in place to the young English keeper, he remains more than capable to be the number one at any major club spurring the possible desire to move on. According to ESPN, David De Gea has no intention of remaining in Manchester as the second keeper.