Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said he’d do his upmost to persuade Edinson Cavani to stay at United – and it looks like it’s paid off.
Reports from South America on Friday suggest the Uruguayan has agreed to stay at Old Trafford for at least another season.
Cavani’s performance in the tremendous 6-2 thrashing of Roma was one of the best by a United striker for many a year.
His intelligence and poaching ability was second to none, and Mason Greenwood and all the other young forwards on the Reds’ books should take note and learn from the 34-year-old.
He scored two and was involved in two others as United proved themselves comeback kings – and in doing so silenced the doubters, including Paul Scholes in the TV studio.
Solskjaer, unlike his opposite number over at City who also staged a magnificent comeback victory in the Champions League, isn’t known for making wholesale changes.
I’m hoping he sticks with Cavani up front against Liverpool tomorrow, because the Reds look a different team when he’s in it, pulling the opposition defenders all over the place with his clever runs.
That’s because the reigning champions are scrambling to achieve a top-four finish (9/4), while United look likely to secure the runners-up spot behind City.
Speaking of the Blues, I predicted they would struggle in Paris before eventually overcoming PSG in the second leg.
Initially, I was spot on… but Pep Guardiola pulled a rabbit out of the hat with two goals to turn the tie on its head.
City are now big favourites to go through after the return leg at the Etihad next Tuesday.
City can of course be crowned Premier League champions on Sunday if they beat Crystal Palace AND United lose to Liverpool.
An indication of the strength in depth of Pep Guardiola’s squad is that he could recall Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus – a trio of superstar players who have all slipped down the pecking order at the Etihad.
Sterling is 5/1 to score first against Palace as he battles to get back in the starting eleven for the most dramatic of run-ins which could culminate in City achieving a treble.
Aguero is a 3/1 shot to score first, and I do hope the club’s talisman gets some game time as his brilliant career at City comes to an end.