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Neville names key reason United must keep Cavani at the club

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Edinson Cavani has been an influential player for Manchester United and Gary Nevile explains why the forward should stay longer at the club.

Edinson Cavani staying put at Manchester United could largely benefit youngster Mason Greenwood, says Gary Neville.

As it stands, it remains to be seen if the veteran forward will stay put at Old Trafford beyond the summer.

Cavani joined United on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in October, with his deal set to expire at the end of the season.

For a number of reasons, it is easy to see why the Red Devils would be pushing to keep the Uruguayan at the club. For instance, his latest outing showed how important he can be to the club once again.

Cavani scored in United’s 3-1 win over Tottenham and was unfortunate to see another disallowed. Throughout the game, his brilliant movement was a problem for the Spurs’ defence to handle. Speaking after that game, Ole Solskjaer blatantly admitted the club were making moves to keep the 34-year-old at the club.

Asides his goals and winning mentality to go with, keeping Cavani at United for much longer could also mean Mason Greenwood has a perfect mentor to learn from, explains Neville.

“[Cavani] scores the goal and there was a moment at the end that fans may or may not have been watching,” Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast.

“Tottenham had a throw-in with about two minutes to go and he was moving between the centre-backs trying to stop the ball being thrown in and organising where Greenwood should be.”

“Mason Greenwood needs another year with Cavani alongside him. He needs someone like that.”

“It inspired us as young players having the likes of [Bryan] Robson, [Steve] Bruce, [Eric] Cantona and you see the best players in the world, or who have been the best players in the world, like Cavani, doing his work like that in the 94th minute.”

“Mason Greenwood needs good standards above him, he needs good mentors and coaching on the pitch. He needs another year of [Cavani]. [Marcus] Rashford needs another year of him. He’s been a brilliant example.”

Indeed, Greenwood has also mentioned how Cavani has been a great influence on him.