“You will spend a lot of money to replace him” – Mark Hughes urge Man Utd to do everything possible to keep player at the club

Former Manchester United striker Mark Hughes has urged the club to do everything possible to keep Edinson Cavani at the club.

The 34 year old striker, who scored in the 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, is torn between extending his Manchester United contract and joining Boca Juniors.

“He’s of a type you don’t see too many of them in this day and age and if you do see them they’ve become very expensive players,” Hughes told Stadium Astro.

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“You look at what United need maybe to push Man City a little bit closer than they’ve been able to this year and if Cavani goes back to South America then they’re going to have to fill that position.

“What he’s doing at the moment is first class so if you’re going to try to replicate what he’s giving the team at the moment then you’re going to have to spend a hell of a lot of money.

“There’s not too many strikers in world football at the moment who can play the same role to the extent that Cavani is, he’s been doing it for many many years at the highest level he knows the role and what’s expected of it and he makes great runs that his teammates know he will make.

“So if he does go back and United do lose him he’s going to be a big hole to fill it’s not going to be easy because there’s only a certain amount that spring to mind, one of them was on the pitch today, Harry Kane, [Erling] Haaland possibly but he’s going to have a lot of options maybe United won’t be his first choice.

“It’s a key position for them, if it was my decision I think I’d go all out to try and convince Cavani to stay one more year.”

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