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Solskjaer hails ‘excellent’ Cavani in Man Utd’s 6-2 mauling of Roma

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Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has heaped praises on his striker, Edison Cavani, for a superb display in the 6-2 mauling of Roma in the Europa League semifinal first leg.

The Uruguay international led United to a dramatic second-half comeback after falling behind 2-1 in the first half, as Lorenzo Pellegrini’s penalty and Edin Dzeko gave Roma the lead, despite drawing the first blood through Bruno Fernandes.

The former Paris Saint-Germain strike began the comeback with a stunning equaliser and went on to end the game with two goals and two assists, including the sublime pass to Mason Greenwood who made it 6-2 for the hosts.

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Although Cavani’s Old Trafford future remains in doubt as his contract runs out at the end of this season, Sky Sports reports that Solskjaer has vowed to keep the former Napoli man who he described as “excellent” after last night’s display.

“We want to go through, of course,” Solskjaer said. “Good reaction at half-time. I thought we played some good stuff in the first half as well but we forgot you have to run back as well and you have to run back quick. The second half we did that part better and of course that creates more opportunities to attack.

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“Edinson was excellent. I’ve said before, he plays as a centre-forward should be playing, running the channels, being the focal points, creating chances for others, scoring goals.

“He missed a couple of chances as well, but that is what he is there to do really, if he gets three or four chances a game, he will score two or three goals.

“I’m absolutely delighted with him. You can see the difference in him, he’s worked up his fitness having had a long lay-off. He’s making up for lost time.”

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Solskjaer added: “He is more than a goal poacher, he’s a very good goal scorer. He’s played football for so long; he has a calmness and composure about him.

“The flick for the first goal [Fernandes’], the pass for Mason’s goal, he’s just showing his experience and we need that at this time of the season. We want and need our experienced players to step up and he definitely has done.”

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