Later News May 19

Solskjaer remains coy on Man United’s hunt for a new striker as Cavani scores wonder goal


Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has refused to rule out the possibility of signing a forward in the summer, striking hope in the hearts of Red Devils fans everywhere that the club could actually sign wantaway striker Harry Kane.

 

The Tottenham Hotspur striker is reportedly on the wish list of United, but Solskjaer faces stiff competition for the England international’s signature, with the likes of Chelsea and newly-crowned English Premier League (EPL) champions Manchester City also looking to add Kane to their squad.

 

United have faced their fair share of struggles up top this season – hotshot youngster Mason Greenwood only burst into life late in the campaign, while Anthony Martial has been earnestly battling Chelsea’s Timo Werner to be crowned the best Jozy Altidore tribute act this season.

 

United, though, do have a certain Edinson Cavani in their ranks. The Uruguayan striker recently inked a one-year contract extension with the Old Trafford outfit, and sent a timely reminder of his value to Solskjaer this morning (SGT) with a wonder goal against Fulham.

But Cavani’s strike was not enough to secure the victory for United, as Fulham struck back to earn a point through Joe Bryan in the 76th minute in a match that had about the same amount of significance as a badge on a safe distancing ambassador.

 

Nonetheless, when asked if United would be interested in signing a striker, Solskjaer admitted that it was something that the club might pursue in the summer.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer open to new striker this summer

 

“Of course, I can't (rule out signing a striker),” said Solskjaer. 

 

Then, in what could be construed as a veiled dig at Martial, the Norwegian added: “Edi signed but how many good strikers have we had at this club?

 

“I can't say we're not signing a striker, of course not. Because we're building towards a better squad, we're top three two years on the bounce but not where we want to be.

 

“Hopefully we end up with a stronger squad when we start next season and be more consistent to challenge the one in front of us.”

 

Solskjaer, however, refused to be drawn into the speculation over Kane’s future, as he insisted: “I can't comment on other teams' players and what's being speculated and said. I want to show the respect Tottenham deserve as well not to talk about other teams' players.”

 

WATCH: Solskjaer lauds Cavani's wonder goal

 

Meanwhile at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea got a measure of revenge for their FA Cup defeat as they beat Leicester City 2-1 to boost their hopes of finishing in the top-four.

 

Goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho were enough to see the Blues past Leicester, whose only reply came from Kelechi Iheanacho.

 

The match was marred by a brawl on the touchline late in the match between Foxes substitute Daniel Amartey and Chelsea stars Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Mason Mount.

 

Rudiger revealed after the game that his team took umbrage (is this reference getting old yet?) with Amartey’s incendiary FA Cup celebrations, which saw him toss a Chelsea pennant behind him like it was the opinions of New Delhi’s Chief Minister trash.

 

Said Rudiger: “Unfortunately, some people of them don't know how to celebrate. We had to punish them, 100 per cent.

 

“Some people from them gave us a bit more motivation from Saturday. Congratulations to them, they won and everything. Celebrate and everything but don't disrespect club history. This is a bit bigger than you.”

 

WATCH: Tuchel happy to see fans back at Stamford Bridge

 

Nonetheless, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel claimed he did not use the Amartey incident to spur his side on.

 

“I did not talk about it. I know there was an incident but I didn't talk about it before the match or in any meetings, I don't do this but I think the players were well aware,” said Tuchel.

 

“I'm not into these things too much because it can sometimes give you too much energy, too much a feeling for revenge. I don't like this at all.

 

"We prepared for a super important match and did what we do, how we play football. We wanted to do it at the highest level possible and this is what we did.”

 

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