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Man United manager Solskjaer responds to Cavani missed chances vs Arsenal

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Edinson Cavani to hit the goal trail again for Manchester United after the striker missed two chances to secure all three points against Arsenal.

Cavani fired wide from crosses from Luke Shaw and Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the second half when he would have expected to score at least one of the chances.

Marcus Rashford also missed a very presentable first-half opportunity in a frustrating stalemate at the Emirates as United lost further ground on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

But Solskjaer defended Cavani and insisted the fact the 33-year-old was at least in a position to get the chance was a positive sign, with missed opportunities part of the life of a centre-forward.

“He’s there, I was a striker myself, I had periods when I don’t score, the gaffer [Sir Alex Ferguson] and everyone around me would say ‘you were there to miss the chances’,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“To score you have to miss a few and he’ll definitely score a few soon.”

Solskjaer wasn’t too concerned about the missed chances and felt the point was an encouraging sign after the midweek defeat by Sheffield United.

“We created enough chances to score, we’ll work on that and get them going again. We look at it as one step forward after Wednesday night,” he said.

“I felt that we controlled the game, the free-kick that hits the bar can always go in, but they didn’t bother us too much. We were a little bit passive outside the box, they had a few too many shots, but David wouldn’t be bothered by too many of them.”

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