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Ralf Rangnick won't force Edinson Cavani to stay at Man Utd

Ralf Rangnick insists he did not tell Edinson Cavani that he wasn’t allowed to leave Manchester United.

The Red Devils interim boss recently implored the striker to stay at the club but insists that shouldn't be taken as an instruction.

Rangnick said: “I also didn't tell Edi that he cannot leave.

“I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay and I had a conversation with him [on Thursday].

“He came to my office and we spoke for almost half an hour and he told me that he will definitely stay, he will want to stay until the end of the season.

“Not only because I told him that he should stay or has to stay, but he did it on his own behalf.

“He told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best, be a role model for the young players.

“If he should play from the start, he's available and he's happy to play.

“Even if he's not playing, he will be trying to be the best possible role model for the other players.

“This is, for me, good news because Edi is one of those players with his vast amount of experience, his mentality, his work ethic, who could really be a perfect role model for all the other players.”

United begin their FA Cup campaign tonight (10.01.22) against Aston Villa and Rangnick has vowed to treat the famous competition with respect.

Ralf added: “I've always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,

“I remember back in 1980 or 1981 when I spent my year abroad in Brighton I watched the FA Cup final at Wembley.

“It was West Ham against Arsenal, it was my farewell present from my team-mates at Southwick.

“I've always been a big admirer of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium.

“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.”

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