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Edinson Cavani explains why he came to Greenwood’s aid against Roma

Edinson Cavani has had a fantastic run at Manchester United in recent weeks.

He has regained his fitness and is scoring goals for his team. His exceptional form persuaded the Red Devils to extend his contract for another year.

The veteran striker played an instrumental role in defeating AS Roma in the Europa League semi-finals.

Aside from his goals and assists, Man United fans lauded him when he steamed in to defend Mason Greenwood. 

The 19-year old forward found himself outnumbered by two Roma defenders who started pushing him. 

El Matador quickly waded into the battle and strongly pushed Roma’s Rick Karsdorp. 

Both players were given a yellow card by the referee for their involvement.

However, United supporters were delighted by his intervention to protect the youngster on social media. Here are a few of the reactions. 

In a recent interview with MUTV, United’s number 7 opened up on this incident.

He said: “I’ve always said that I’m someone who works very hard in football.

“There are times when you’re out there when I believe you need to protect and stand up for one of your teammates. 

“Sometimes because it might be down to a lack of experience on their part, and they might make a mistake. 

“Many times, it is because you believe that a situation that they are involved in during a stand-off just isn’t fair. 

“In that incident against Roma, what I felt was that he was arguing face to face with the Roma defender which is something that can happen in football. 

“The next minute, a third guy came on the scene and began pushing him when he clearly wasn’t part of the original argument. 

“I told him he should keep out of the incident and that’s why I went to help Mason and offer him some protection. 

“I also tried to separate the players so the incident would calm down. We were in a key period of the game and he could have been given a red card. 

“I got a yellow card for my trouble, but the main thing was really to protect and defend him and to try to prevent everything escalating further.”

Mason Greenwood undoubtedly has a bright future for his club and country.

Having Cavani as a mentor for another year is a wonderful opportunity for the youngster.

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