Ralf Rangnick has revealed that Edinson Cavani wants to stay at Manchester United until the end of the season and help turn around the team's fortunes.
Cavani joined United in October 2020 and was tipped to leave Old Trafford after one season, but agreed to stay on for another campaign. The 34-year-old has been linked with an exit in recent weeks but Rangnick reportedly told him that he had no intention of letting him leave despite the links to Barcelona.
"I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay and I had a conversation with him yesterday," Rangnick said. "He came into my office and we spoke for almost half an hour and he told me he will definitely stay and would want to stay until the end of the season.
“Not only because I told him that he should stay or has to stay, he did it on his own behalf and he told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best and be a role model for the young players.
“Even if he's not playing, he will be trying to be the best possible role model for the other players and for me this is good news because Edi if one of those players with his vast amount of experience, with his mentality, his work ethic, I think he could really be a perfect role model for the other players.”
The Red Devils are up against Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday night, and despite already losing to Steven Gerrard's side in the Premier League, Rangnick is confident his side can progress to the next round.
"I've always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup," Rangnick said. "For me it's a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team. We take the game as seriously as we can and hopefully get one round further ahead but in order to do that we have to be successful against Aston Villa.
"We know it will not be an easy game because especially since they change managers they have been doing well. They won four games and lost four games, three of them against the top team. It needs a top performance from us to be successful."