Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United from winning the title

Dwight Yorke claims Edinson Cavani’s new deal will STOP Manchester United winning the Premier League title next season with ex-Red Devils striker fearing that veteran marksman’s renewal will prevent club from signing Harry Kane or Erling Haaland

  • Dwight Yorke says Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the title 
  • The Uruguayan. 34, committed his future to Old Trafford after a strong season 
  • Cavani’s new deal has cast doubt over a big-money move for a new striker
  • Yorke believes not signing a new striker could ‘hamper’ United’s title hopes 

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new contract at Manchester United could prove a stumbling block to the Red Devils’ hopes of winning the Premier League title next season.

Cavani, 34, committed his future to Old Trafford this week, having hinted at an exit in the summer with the Uruguayan yearning for a return to South America. 

The former PSG marksman’s impact has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville, who believes that United will not enter the race for Erling Haaland or Harry Kane as a result of Cavani’s performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Dwight Yorke believes that Edinson Cavani’s new deal could stop United winning the league

However, former United striker Yorke claims that Cavani’s commitment to United may ‘hamper’ the club’s tilt at the league title next season, having failed to be crowned English champions in eight years.

‘I dont think a lot of people expected Cavani to do as well as he has done, and I think Man United and Ole are delighted with what he’s contributed so far,’ Yorke told talkSPORT.

‘When you do well you should be rewarded, and he’s been rewarded with this new contract.

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

The Uruguayan veteran committed his future to United after yearning for South America

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

Cavani has made a good impact at United and has been hailed by the likes of Gary Neville

‘But my problem with it is, does it really hamper bringing in a younger version of a No.9?

‘It’s paramount we win the Premier League title next season, and is Cavani really going to take us over the line? That’s probably the one stumbling block.’

Yorke added that former team-mate Solskjaer has impressed in the United hot seat, but the expectation for next season will be to get the club ‘over the line’ and wrestle the title off local rivals Manchester City. 

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani's new deal could 'hamper' their title hopes

However, former United striker Yorke says Cavani’s new deal could ‘hamper’ their title hopes

The Borussia Dortmund star is top of United's wishlist this summer

Harry Kane has been linked with a move away from Tottenham

United have been linked with big-money moves for Erling Haaland (L) and Harry Kane (R) 

‘Ole has been in that job for three years, he’s really cemented himself in that manager role now, he’s got the lads playing how Manchester United play, he’s got us to four semi-finals and now a final, so can he get us over the line and really step up? That’s the challenge he’s got,’ he added.

‘I hope the Cavani signing, although he’s been great for us, doesn’t hamper us getting in the players we need.

However, Cavani's new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

However, Cavani’s new deal could dissuade United from pursuing a new No 9 this summer

‘I think we need another two players to really get us over the line in terms of challenging for the Premier League title next season.’

United are reportedly lining up another swoop for Jadon Sancho, having missed out on the Borussia Dortmund star during a prolonged transfer saga last summer. 

Mason Greenwood has thrived in the right of a front three, but United view the talented hotshot as a centre forward and Sancho’s arrival could see the youngster shifted into a central role. 

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Edinson Cavani signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United

Edinson Cavani signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United after turning down Boca Juniors for an extra season in Europe

  • Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Man United
  • The club are expected to announce the news of the fresh deal imminently
  • Cavani had the option of the extension but had reservations about staying on
  • The in-form Uruguayan has eight goals in his last seven games for the Red Devils

Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United, following talks with the club.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been forthcoming in recent weeks regarding his desire to see the in-form veteran continue at Old Trafford, and now an agreement has been reached.

Cavani, 34, has signed until the summer of 2022 after turning down an enticing offer from Boca Juniors in order to spend one more season in elite European football.

Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United

It is expected that United will confirm the news imminently, ahead of their match with Leicester City on Tuesday evening.

The news arrives off the back of a dazzling run for Cavani, who recently hit a brace in Rome to book United’s place in the Europa League final, before coming off the bench to score against Aston Villa on Sunday.

The Uruguayan has now displaced Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice forward, though Solskjaer remains insistent that the minutes of the veteran star must still be monitored.

Cavani has adapted to English football and created an understanding with Bruno Fernandes

Cavani has adapted to English football and created an understanding with Bruno Fernandes

Earlier in the campaign Solskjaer told fans the club was in dialogue with Cavani, outlining: ‘We’re speaking to Eddy.

‘Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.’

In late April, Solskjaer conceded that a return to more familiar settings in South America may have been on the cards for Cavani.

The United boss told reporters: ‘Edinson is not 100% decided on his future yet.

‘He’s not told me he wants to leave but I am very aware he might be going back home to South America. If that’s his decision, I will understand that.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had make no secret of his desire for Cavani to prolong his United stay

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had make no secret of his desire for Cavani to prolong his United stay

Now, however, a decision has been reached and Cavani will continue to wear the colours of United for at least one more season, as the club look to build on the progress of the current campaign and make an assault on the league title and Champions League. 

Cavani signed on a free transfer from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in October 2020, reportedly taking a 35 per cent pay cut to move to Old Trafford but netting a signing on fee in the region of £6million.

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Should Man United break the bank to sign Harry Kane or stick with Edinson Cavani?

Of the eight goals Manchester United scored in their Europa League semi-final against Roma, Edinson Cavani scored four of them and set up a further three.

The Uruguayan striker is enjoying a rich vein of form and it looks like the 34-year-old is tempted to extend his stay at Old Trafford.

But will a strike force that combines Cavani with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood be good enough to challenge for the top honours?

Edinson Cavani has been excellent for Manchester United in recent weeks as they have made it through to the final of the UEFA Europa League against Villarreal 

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans next season

It increasingly looks as though Cavani will be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans next season

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes

But the question remains over whether United need to splash out on a top-class striker such as England captain Harry Kane in order to compete for the major prizes 

There is an argument that in order to take the next step and compete properly in the Premier League title race and the Champions League, United must splash out on a world-class striker – and Harry Kane is top of the shopping list.

So do Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need to go out and sign a new forward or does Cavani’s form suggest they have enough firepower as it is?

Sportsmail’s ADAM SHERGOLD and LUKE AUGUSTUS offer both sides of the argument. 

WHY UNITED MUST SIGN KANE

BY ADAM SHERGOLD

Edinson Cavani has proved a wonderful signing for Manchester United, the Uruguayan striker enjoying a shimmering Indian summer in his fine career.

But for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team to take the next step and challenge for the major honours rather than merely the Europa League, big money needs to be spent on a new striker this summer.

That’s not to say that Cavani should be let go. A one-year contract extension should be offered to the 34-year-old if he wants it, a just reward for his 14 goals.

It would be an insult, however, to the tangible progress United have made under Solskjaer over the past 12 months if the Glazer family didn’t back him in the market.

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland is another striker set to be in serious demand this summer

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

Kane cuts a dejected figure as Tottenham lose out to Man City in the Carabao Cup final

United are a top quality centre forward and centre half away from giving Manchester City a real run for their money in next season’s Premier League and going deep in the Champions League.

And that forward needs to be either Harry Kane or Erling Haaland. Given the intense competition and inevitable bidding war for Haaland, you’d say Kane is the more likely option.

England’s captain has enjoyed another excellent season with 31 goals and 16 assists for Tottenham. He has added further strings to his bow by becoming a more rounded forward.

He is, at the age of 27, the complete centre forward and entering his prime. Yet he still doesn’t have a single piece of silverware to his name.

Spurs’ meek defeat to City in the Carabao Cup final must have confirmed to Kane that if he doesn’t agitate for a move away soon then he will never fulfil his ambitions in the game.

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

Kane must realise that in order to achieve his ambitions he must leave Tottenham soon

United can make a strong case to him. Solskjaer can argue to Kane that he will be the missing piece, their No 1 striker for the next five years with the service to score at least 30 times a season.

If United add a reliable 30-goal striker to their ranks, they will be in the mix for every trophy.

Fail to move for Kane now and stick with Cavani and Anthony Martial for another year and chances are United will completely lose out and set themselves back years.

As Rio Ferdinand said in the BT Sport studio on Thursday night: ‘I worry about what you do if you let Kane and Haaland go somewhere else.’

And as Paul Scholes added: ‘United are a club that need to sign a proper centre forward for the next five years. I’m talking a Kane or Haaland.

‘Cavani will slow down, fitness-wise, injury-wise (he) might not be great.’

Rio Ferdinand says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future

Paul Scholes admitted he does not see any of United's other current strikers becoming centre forwards

Rio Ferdinand (left) says United cannot miss the chance to secure a big name for the future while Paul Scholes does not see any of United’s other current forwards becoming strikers

Exactly. Yes, Daniel Levy will drive a hard bargain for Kane, asking upwards of £100million. But this is precisely what United’s endless commercialisation is for.

There’s also the potential factor of the Glazers trying to quell European Super League fan fury in the summer with a big-name capture.

But it’s also fundamentally about where United want to go. 

Are they content to plod along in the top four, getting within touching distance but not quite touching the silverware, as Pep Guardiola’s City create a Fergie-style dynasty of success with a Kane or Haaland banging in the goals?

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Kane guarantees any team 30-plus goals per season and could take United to the next level

Or do they want to go toe-to-toe for the title with City and Chelsea and Liverpool; compete for the Champions League with Bayern, Real and PSG?

When it comes to scoring goals, Kane is as close to a safe bet as it’s possible to get in football. He can take United to the next level. They must go all-out to sign him.

WHY UNITED SHOULD STICK WITH CAVANI

BY LUKE AUGUSTUS 

The grass isn’t always greener on the other side and both Manchester United and Edinson Cavani must remember this.

This unlikely partnership has blossomed into something special with the 34-year-old reinvigorated at Old Trafford and with the club benefitting tremendously from it.

There is no denying Harry Kane’s world-class abilities; he and Robert Lewandowski are the two best No 9s in the world.

However, with a reported £150million price-tag – and in a transfer market that is still reeling from the impact of coronavirus on club finances everywhere – United are arguably better off reinvesting that money on more glaring holes in the squad than Tottenham’s talisman.

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

Cavani delivered again for Manchester United with two sublime goals in Rome on Thursday

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United's most natural goalscorer

The 34-year-old showed he is the main man up front and United’s most natural goalscorer

Just think about it for a second. Scoring goals hasn’t been a problem for the Red Devils this season, as their eight across their Europa League semi-final two legs with Roma proved. It’s keeping them out that has cost them.

A centre back and a holding central midfielder player are two priority positions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side this summer if they are to challenge Premier League champions-elect Manchester City next season as well as to fare better than the Champions League group stages.

The likes of Villarreal’s Pau Torres and Sevilla’s Jules Kounde have been linked as potential centre-back signings this summer and they will cost north of £50m, while West Ham’s Declan Rice has a valuation of at least £70m if United are to try to make him their holding midfielder.

One of those centre backs plus Rice would result in a total of £120m. That’s a lot of money but would enable Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to play a more expansive and possession-based brand of football. 

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham's Declan Rice

United should spent their money on a quality holding midfielder like West Ham’s Declan Rice

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United's main priority

Signing a new centre half such as Jules Kounde of Sevilla should be United’s main priority

For example, he would likely feel more secure playing Paul Pogba as one of the two midfield pivots alongside Rice – which would therefore free up a space in the wide areas for someone else.

Former United midfielder Owen Hargreaves also believes United should keep Cavani and reinvest elsewhere on the squad.

Speaking in the BT Studio during punditry duty after United’s clash with Roma, Hargreaves outlined: ‘Every ex-Man United player or fan wants Harry Kane or Haaland but the money that will cost now in the climate is just not realistic.

‘I think Cavani has done a wonderful job. Get him to sign a new deal and obviously there are no transfer payments there. Obviously he’s on big wages. I think they can spend that Haaland, Kane money on potentially three other players.’

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Owen Hargreaves feels United should give Cavani a new deal and spend big money elsewhere

Cavani has scored 14 goals in 34 appearances for the club since making his debut in October and his influence on and off the pitch is unquestioned. So, why change that?

His movement off the ball is world class and he has given Solskjaer’s side a dimension they have lacked up front during his entire managerial reign there.

The Uruguayan has the approval of his team-mates, which is a clear indicator of his value to his peers too.

Speaking before the second leg against Roma, Bruno Fernandes told BT Sport: ‘The most important thing with Edi for me is not the movement he does or the goals he scores but the way he helps off the ball.

‘People like to see numbers so see how much he runs each game – he’s normally in the top three and he’s a striker!

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

Cavani has built an impressive understanding with Bruno Fernandes (right) at United

‘You see how he helps us defending, you see when he or someone else loses the ball he tries to recover it straight away and press.

‘The mentality he has is passing to us and he has to keep passing it to us because he has the right mentality to be a champion and we have to learn from that.

‘Everyone can see his technical qualities because he made history everywhere else he’s played and nobody can delete history.’

Mason Greenwood is huge beneficiary in learning under Cavani’s tutelage. The way Cavani stuck up for him after a spat with Roma defenders on Thursday night was a joy to see.

Now United must put up a fight and keep their No 7 for next season too.

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

Cavani jumped in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

Edinson Cavani storms in to protect Mason Greenwood as youngster is confronted by Roma defenders

Edinson Cavani storms in to protect Mason Greenwood as his Manchester United team-mate is confronted by Roma defenders… after hitting double in 8-5 Roma thriller

  • Edinson Cavani scored a brace as United secured their Europa League final spot
  • United lost 3-2 to Roma on the night but went through 8-5 after two thrilling legs
  • Mason Greenwood was confronted by Mancini and Karsdorp during the game
  • Cavani steamed in to protect the youngster, showing his leadership in the team  

Edinson Cavani was goalscorer turned bodyguard on Thursday, after storming in to defend team-mate Mason Greenwood from a bust-up with Roma defenders. 

The Uruguayan struck twice in the Italian capital as Manchester United booked their spot in the Europa League final, despite losing 3-2 on the night.

The 34-year-old has proved many doubters wrong by bagging 14 goals so far this season, and though his future at Old Trafford is uncertain he demonstrated his commitment to the United cause by backing-up a young team-mate. 

Edinson Cavani jumped-in to defend his team-mate Mason Greenwood from Roma defenders

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

The Uruguayan was furious as Rick Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini confronted Greenwood

At a break in play Greenwood and Gianluca Mancini clashed by the corner flag, bumping into each other as they argued. 

Rick Karsdorp waded-in next to shove Greenwood, and Cavani was incensed. The pumped-up scorer charged in to shove the right-back away, and took on Mancini while he was at it. 

Greenwood has already admitted he’s been learning from the former PSG star on the training ground, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be delighted with the effect Cavani is having in the camp.    

‘Anyone can learn from him – whether it is a young player or an older player,’ Greenwood said.

Cavani was in form on Thursday, scoring a brace to send United to the Europa League final

Cavani was in form on Thursday, scoring a brace to send United to the Europa League final

Greenwood is feeling the full benefit of playing in the same team as an experienced forward

Greenwood is feeling the full benefit of playing in the same team as an experienced forward 

‘He has just come here and set an example, really. I like the things he does so I obviously pick up on the little things he does.

‘I watch him in training and always have an eye on him, to see what movements he does, so I can add it to my game. So it is a big benefit that he is here at the club, I think.

‘You can see the two goals he scored against Southampton (in November) were just unbelievable. It was stuff he has been doing for 10 to 15 years at PSG and at Napoli as well, so he is a good footballer.’

Cavani’s double on Saturday ensured United cruised into the Europa League final, where they will face Villarreal.  

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Manchester United can ‘FORGET’ about a Premier League title with Edinson Cavani says Roy Keane

Manchester United can ‘FORGET’ about a Premier League title challenge next season if they KEEP 34-year-old Edinson Cavani, claims Roy Keane… as former captain urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to ‘put a marker down’ and sign Jack Grealish or Harry Kane

  • Roy Keane has urged Manchester United not to rely on Edinson Cavani next year
  • The striker has been in fine form but his future at Old Trafford is still undecided
  • Keane believes United can forget about winning the title with Cavani up front
  • Pundit urged his former club to bring in either Harry Kane or Jack Grealish 

Roy Keane believes Manchester United will not be able to mount a serious Premier League title challenge next season with Edinson Cavani as their first-choice striker.

The Uruguayan has impressed at Old Trafford this season, and received huge praise for his performance in United’s 6-2 win over Roma midweek as he scored twice and assisted another two goals.

Cavani arrived last summer on a 12-month contract, but there is the option to extend for a further year and many believe the striker has warranted an extension.

Roy Keane has urged Manchester United not to rely on Edinson Cavani going into next season

The Uruguayan has been in fine form recently but his future at Old Trafford is yet to be decided

However, Keane believes the striker is past his best and United should look elsewhere in the transfer window ahead of next season. 

‘I kind of hope in one sense they don’t keep him, because then they might look and think we don’t need to go and get another (striker),’ Keane told SkySports.

‘He’s 34, if you’re hanging your hat on Cavani next year to getting United back to winning league titles, forget about it.

‘He’ll be a back-up striker and he won’t want to be a back-up striker, so that’s why he’s reluctant to sign a new contract and there’s obviously family reasons behind it.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a strong position to finish second in the table this season, and after dismantling Roma they look certain to be in the Europa League final next month.  

Cavani's contract runs out at the end of the season but many fans have called for an extension

Cavani’s contract runs out at the end of the season but many fans have called for an extension

Looking ahead to next season, Keane urged his former club to make a marquee signing and take a major step towards a lasting title challenge. 

‘I go back to recruitment at United, certainly going forward they need to go and make a big, big signing, whether it be a [Harry] Kane or a [Jack] Grealish – put a marker down, Keane said.

‘Okay, they need another centre-half, but I still think at the top end of the pitch, when you look at some of the games this year that they’ve drawn, they’ve lacked that real bit of quality.

Keane wants his former club to make a marquee signing such as Harry Kane this summer

Keane wants his former club to make a marquee signing such as Harry Kane this summer 

‘They’ve got some brilliant players and I agree obviously that there’s been progress. The worry for Man United, the next step for Man United is the biggest and the hardest one – and that is to go and get that league title.

‘Liverpool were brilliant last year, Man City excellent this season but United are still a bit short.

‘They’ve made progress and the worry for me now at United is that we’re looking at United and saying they’ve made progress, but talk about the financial side, off the pitch at Man United as if the remit for Ole will be finishing in the top four, or finishing second, wanting to get into the Champions League. 

‘But being at Man United has to be about winning trophies.’ 

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Edinson Cavani ‘persuaded to commit his future to Manchester United’

Edinson Cavani ‘persuaded to commit his future to Manchester United as Uruguayan snubs a return to South America to stay at Old Trafford for another season’

  • Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed to commit his future to Man United 
  • The 34-year-old has impressed since arriving on a free transfer last summer 
  • However, there were doubts as to his future amid links with Boca Juniors 

Manchester United have persuaded Edinson Cavani to stay at Old Trafford for another season, according to reports in South America.

Cavani looked set to leave United after less than a year and join Argentine club Boca Juniors this summer.

But ESPN’s Spanish language edition says the Uruguay striker has had a change of heart and will announce his decision next week.

Edinson Cavani has reportedly agreed to commit his future to United, according to reports

The Uruguayan's future had been uncertain amid rumours linking him to Boca Juniors

The Uruguayan’s future had been uncertain amid rumours linking him to Boca Juniors

After Cavani scored twice and had a hand in two more goals in Thursday’s 6-2 win over AS Roma in the Europa League semi-final, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he has been working hard to talk the 34-year-old around.

‘I promised him Old Trafford is a different place with fans,’ said the United boss. ‘He has to feel, scoring those goals at the Stretford End, with fans.

‘We’ve got the best fans and as a goal scorer there’s no better thing to score in front of them.

However, ESPN report that Cavani will fulfil his contract and stay at the club for another season

However, ESPN report that Cavani will fulfil his contract and stay at the club for another season

‘Manchester is a fantastic place to live. I’m doing my best. Hopefully he can see himself being here for another year. He knows my feelings, he knows I’d love to have him for another year.

‘I’m delighted with him, you can see difference in him when he’s worked on fitness. He looks like he’s making up for lost time. He was out for seven months before coming to us.’

Cavani was understood to be concerned about his lack of playing time at United and was also angry over his treatment at the hands of the FA who hit him with a three-match ban and £100,000 fine for using the word ‘negrito’ in a social media post.

Last month his father Luis said: ‘My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again. Edinson is going to end up playing in South America – he would like to play for Boca.’

But it now appears that the former Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli striker is ready to extend his career in Europe by another season and stay at United.

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is trying to convince Edinson Cavani to extend his Man United contract

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is trying to convince Edinson Cavani to extend his Manchester United contract and has promised him ‘OId Trafford is a different place with fans’ after striker netted twice in 6-2 thrashing of Roma

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is attempting to convince Edinson Cavani to extend his Manchester United contract by selling the impact of the club’s supporters.

Cavani scored twice in Thursday night’s 6-2 romp of Roma, with United now looking set to reach the Europa League final ahead of next week’s semi-final second leg.

The Uruguayan has netted 12 goals this season despite injuries and is yet to decide his future.

The striker is yet to decide his future after joining the club last summer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (L) is trying to convince Edinson Cavani (R) to stay at Manchester United

The forward has scored 12 goals this season despite missing several games through injury

‘I promised him Old Trafford is a different place with fans,’ Solskjaer said. 

‘He has to feel, scoring those goals at the Stretford End, with fans.

‘We’ve got the best fans and as a goalscorer there’s no better thing to score in front of them.

‘Manchester is a fantastic place to live. I’m doing my best. Hopefully he can see himself being here for another year.

He was on the scoresheet twice as he helped United thrash Roma 6-2 in the Europa League

He was on the scoresheet twice as he helped United thrash Roma 6-2 in the Europa League

‘He knows my feelings, he knows I’d love to have him for another year.

‘I’m delighted with him, you can see difference in him when he’s worked on fitness. He looks like he’s making up for lost time. He was out for seven months before coming to us.’

United are now in the driving seat to reach the Europa League final as they head to the Italian capital next week with a four-goal advantage.  

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Manchester United: Paul Ince warns former club they face ‘a lot of issues’ next season

Paul Ince warns Manchester United they face ‘a lot of issues’ next season and tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he will ‘need to invest’ with the futures of Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and David De Gea uncertain

  • Paul Ince has predicted Manchester United will face a series of major problems 
  • The futures of several first-team stars at the club will be uncertain this summer 
  • Ince has urged his former side to splash the cash and bring in a new frontman 
  • Key players Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani and David de Gea may all depart soon

Paul Ince has warned Manchester United that they are facing ‘a lot of issues’ next season unless they splash the cash in the summer.

United were forced to settle a point against old foes Leeds at the weekend but are still set to secure a Champions League spot for the next campaign.

The club have been handed a headache ahead of the transfer window opening, however, with several players set to exit – and Ince says that spending money will be crucial to avoid a drop in form.  

Paul Ince says Manchester United face a ‘lot of issues’ next season unless they spent heavily

‘They are not as far off as we thought two years ago,’ Ince told Sky Sports. ‘They are progressing gradually.

‘But on that performance they are a long way, they have been so inconsistent this season it is hard to judge.

‘They need money, they need a striker. It looks like [Edinson] Cavani is going to Boca Juniors. They are going have a lot of issues next season. 

Pundit Ince believes United need to invest with several first-team players poised for an exit

Pundit Ince believes United need to invest with several first-team players poised for an exit

‘David de Gea is on £300k a week plus as a number two [goalkeeper]. [Paul] Pogba might be going. [Donny] Van de Beek cost £40m and can’t even get a game.

‘They are going to need to invest. But to win titles you need consistent performances week in and week out. 

‘And we have not seen that this season from United even if they have got the results.’ 

Edinson Cavani looks set to leave Old Trafford after a season and return to South America

Paul Pogba will enter the final year of his contract this summer and his future is unclear

Edinson Cavani (L) is set to leave Old Trafford this summer and Paul Pogba (R) may also depart

Cavani, who has netted 10 goals in all competitions this season, is poised to exit Old Trafford after a one-year stay due to the veteran’s wish to return to South America.

Meanwhile, De Gea has fallen behind Dean Henderson in the pecking order between the sticks and faces a fight to salvage his future at the club. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may also face a fight to convince Paul Pogba to stay as the mercurial midfielder prepares to enter the final year of his deal.

David de Gea has dropped below Dean Henderson in the pecking order despite his hefty salary

David de Gea has dropped below Dean Henderson in the pecking order despite his hefty salary

Pogba and Cavani were both brought off the bench at Elland Road for the stalemate on Sunday and boss Solskjaer was left to rue his team’s missed opportunities.

‘Today we just didn’t have the moment, take [our chances] when we had them,’ Solskjaer said.

‘A draw is disappointing because we wanted to put pressure on [Manchester] City, but we couldn’t score.’

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