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Manchester United legend Roy Keane has warned the club that keeping Edinson Cavani could be bad news.
The Red Devils forward missed out on the chance to hit the net again this week as their Premier League clash against Liverpool was postponed after fans broke into Old Trafford.
Having scored twice and assisted three times in the Europa League semi-final 6-2 win over Roma, it puts the Uruguayan on 12 strikes for the season.
Despite news emerging of his desire to head back to South America this summer, questions have been asked of whether the 34-year-old should stay on another year.
But Keane, who won seven Premier League titles and the 1999 treble at United, believes it would be a bad idea to back Cavani for another season.
Speaking on Sky Sports, the former United captain said: “I kind of hope in one sense they don’t keep him, because then they might look and think we don’t need to go and get another [striker].
“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’s reluctant to sign a new contract and there’s obviously family reasons behind it.
“We were here a few months ago watching Man City against United and we saying there was no way City were going to win the title, so they've produced something unbelievable, great squad, but Pep Guardiola deserves huge credit.”
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Cavani arrived at Old Trafford over the summer as a free agent, having been the top-scorer at PSG over seven seasons.
While talks were reportedly taking place with Boca Juniors last month, it is believed the 34-year-old will now extend his deal for another season.
But the forward’s continued stay at Old Trafford would not fix the “biggest mistake ever” by the club, according to pundit Tim Sherwood.
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