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Ex-Red Devils icon explains why Man Utd shouldn’t renew Cavani

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The veteran striker is increasingly proving to be a great addition to Solskjaer’s squad but there is plenty of speculation about his future.

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Roy Keane is “kind of hoping” Edinson Cavani doesn’t stay at Manchester United beyond this season, fearing that a contract extension for him could prevent the club from bringing in a new striker.

Cavani has been tipped to move back to his native South America once his Manchester United contract runs out at the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, is keen on having him in his squad for the next season as well, with the Uruguayan having proved to be an invaluable addition to the Red Devils roster.

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The 34-year-old scored two goals and set up two more to help his side cruise to an emphatic 6-2 win against Roma in the Europa League semi-final first-leg, taking his goal contribution tally to 17 in 33 in 2020/21.

Man Utd, as transfer expert Fabrizio Romano reported earlier, are prepared to do “everything they can” to extend Cavani’s contract by an extra year – but a former Old Trafford favorite feels it won’t be the right option.

Keane told Sky Sports: “I kind of hope that they don’t keep him, because then they might look and think ‘we don’t need to go and get another’.

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“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’ll be reluctant to sign a new contract and there’s obviously family reasons behind it.”