The Uruguayan striker continued to score in a 2-0 victory that reserved United’s place in the semi-finals.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt that there was never a danger that Edinson Cavani would be ruled out due to a clash with Yerry Mina during Manchester United’s 2-0 victory in the Carabao Cup over Everton.
Cavani set out for United on their way to the semi-finals with a great late finish, but could probably already be in the locker room after reuniting with Mina.
Uruguay striker Cavani appears to have grabbed Mina by the throat before the Colombian defender fell to the floor.
No VAR was available in the evening and it was not immediately clear whether Judge Andy Madley saw the incident.
He spoke to both players but did not impose any punishment; Solskjaer felt that the officer had made the right decision because he had not presented the card.
“Two South Americans who have already had several battles met in the Copa America qualifiers, so no, this was a real football match with fans, showdowns, yellow cards and chances at both ends. I enjoyed it,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
Solskjaer also enjoyed a great finish by Cavani in the 88th minute, although he felt the striker should have been in the table earlier.
“Not bad,” Solskjaer said of the goal. “But maybe three that he should have scored in the first half.
“He’s a top striker, the movement, the quality and the kick with his left foot was great.”
Solskjaer felt that United did not get the award for a great start, but he was pleased with the performance of his team.
“It was a good start,” he said. “We were great for the first 20-25 minutes. We were supposed to be maybe one, two or three, but Robin Olsen saved well and kept them in the game.
“We dominated the second half.
“It went there and back, attacking and defending, but you’re always sure if the game opens at the pace we set.
“We know that when we defend well, we have players who win. The spirit in the camp is good; victory gives you energy. “
United will face Manchester City in the semi-finals, and Solskjaer wants his side to avenge the defeat of the same opposition in an identical phase of competition last term.
“We are in the semi-finals and we are one step away from the final,” he said. “It’s the worst game to lose, the semi-final. If you get to the final, that’s the feeling you’ll get in construction.
“We will try to get to the semifinals in good condition, but there are a lot of league games before that.”