The Norwegian’s comments come after the player’s father told the media that his son is uncomfortable living in England and would prefer a move back to his native South America, with Boca Juniors touted as a potential destination for the striker.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Says Manchester United Can Convince Edinson Cavani to Stay at Old Trafford
Cavani is ‘Proud’ to Represent United
Ahead of his side’s Europa League first-leg tie with AC Milan, Solskjaer said during his press conference: “Edinson is fully focused on being available to us and is working really hard to get fit. From my bad Portuguese and his better English, he’s very proud to play for Manchester United and is always going to give his best.
“If that’s beyond this season as well, a decision hasn’t been made. As we’ve said, he’s made a great contribution so far; we’re just working on getting him fit and back on the pitch – and we’ll convince him [to stay] when the weather in Manchester improves!”
When pressed further on how the club can make the Uruguayan feel happier in his surroundings, Solskjaer added: “I cannot comment on what has been said. I can only say that we’re very pleased with Edinson when he’s here; he’s working really hard to be available every day.
“Day in, day out, he’s proving his personality, his professionalism; even in his broken English, he’s really helping the young kids, as we wanted him to. We know he wasn’t going to be able to play every single game because he’d been out of football for so long. Now, let’s just make sure he plays as much football as possible until the end of the season, scores as many goals as he can, helps the young players and strikers with his mentality.
“He will make his decision, and he knows we are very fond of what he has given to the club, even though he has played less than he wanted to.”
Solskjaer Confirms Marcus Rashford is Likely to Miss AC Milan Fixture
Manchester United take on Serie A giants AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday. The Red Devils will likely be without Marcus Rashford, as the 23-year-old injured his ankle during last weekend’s derby victory over Manchester City.
Solskjaer confirmed: “I don’t think he’ll be available for tomorrow. He’s still getting treatment, but he didn’t join in the training today. Even though I’m normally a very optimistic guy I still think he’s out of tomorrow night and probably a doubt for the weekend.
“But that 60 or 70-yard sprinted recovery run just shows the hunger, the appetite and the spirit that we’ve got and the humility in our work at the moment. It was probably worth it then but you’re never happy when you lose players for games.”