Manchester United could be building something special. That’s how it looked last week when the team demolished Roma 6-2.
But there are worries that two players at the heart of the victory, Edinson Cavani and Paul Pogba, could leave the club.
Cavani is yet to decide on a new contract, while Pogba has just one year left on his deal, which could force United into an unwanted decision this summer.
Bruno Fernandes is desperate for both teammates to stay. Speaking at United’s press conference, he warned that replacing the pair could be impossible without breaking the bank.
Fernandes was quoted by the club website: “They are really important for us and the qualities they have – it is difficult to find on the market for a good price.
“I think everyone knows that the team is growing with their help, and it’s important for us to keep our best players and keep improving as a team.”
Success could help…
If Cavani and Pogba are undecided over their futures, then lifting a trophy could help them make their minds up.
United are on the verge, with this semi-final second leg a formality with the team 6-2 up from the first leg.
Then a tie with either Arsenal or Villarreal awaits, and United will be favourites in either case.
Cavani struck two goals and provided two assists in the first leg, while Pogba scored one goal, and was heavily involved in the build-up to United’s opener.
Both players help Fernandes’ game too. United’s top scorer thrives when Pogba is on the pitch as teams can’t overload him defensively, or the Frenchman will make them pay.
Cavani’s movement up front creates more potential passes for Fernandes to play, and together all three seem to be striking up a real connection. Not just that, but they are all character, big players, who can step up when the team needs them.
Pogba has wanted to be surrounded by winners for years, and now he finally is. United just need him to commit his future to the club and help this team reach the next level with one or two elite additions this season to go alongside him, and not to replace him.
ESPN report Pogba can ‘see himself staying longer’, and while acknowledging a contract renewal featuring agent Mino Raiola will be difficult, it is looking positive for now.
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