Cavani joined the Red Devils last October on an initial one-year deal, with the option to extend that by a further season if all parties agreed.
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Victory would effectively secure a top-four spot for the Red Devils, while Aston Villa are looking for back-to-back top-flight wins for the first time this calendar year.
United were due to host bitter rivals Liverpool on Sunday, but the game was postponed after hundreds of fans broke into Old Trafford in protest at the club’s owners, the Glazer family.
The striker, who joined the club during last year’s summer transfer window, was the clear winner in a poll on our Official App, ahead of colleagues Mason Greenwood and Victor Lindelof.
The hosts would effectively secure a top-four spot next season with victory over their greatest enemies, while Liverpool have a lot more work to do to clinch Champions League football themselves.
Having fallen short in four semi-finals in the last two seasons, the Red Devils were looking to underline their progress by reaching their first final under the 1999 treble hero.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men beat their bitter rivals 6-2 at Old Trafford in December but both sides looked short of energy and imagination in a lacklustre encounter at Elland Road.
Leeds have impressed on their return to this level of football and currently sit 10th in the table, while Man United occupy second spot, seven points clear of third-placed Leicester City.
It looked set to be a frustrating outing for the Red Devils as Greenwood’s 48th minute opener was almost instantly cancelled out by James Tarkowski for Burnley, who had not lost on their previous four visits to Old Trafford.
The Red Devils are 14 places and 30 points better off than their visitors in the Premier League table, but have found the Clarets an unlikely bogey team on home turf in recent years.
The 31-year-old joined from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua in January last year on an initial six-month loan.
Cavani’s euphoria at scoring was clear as he roared in celebration at the empty north London stadium after what would have been an opener was ruled out for Son Heung-min falling after being caught by Scott McTominay in the buildup.
Spurs are currently sixth in the table, three points behind fourth-placed West Ham United, while second-placed Man United are relatively secure in the Champions League spots with eight games left.
Danny Welbeck headed the Seagulls in front against his former side as Brighton started brightly.
The Red Devils lost 3-1 to Leicester City in the quarter-finals, but they sit second in the league heading into this weekend’s fixtures.
The Nigerian striker opened the scoring for the hosts midway through the first half, as he netted his sixth goal in his last four matches with the simplest of finishes.
The two clubs are both pushing for a top-four finish in the Premier League, but will be viewing the FA Cup as a very realistic route to silverware alongside their impressive top-flight exploits.
United headed into Thursday night’s round-of-16 second leg needing a result after a 1-1 first-leg draw at Old Trafford.
With the Europa League trip to AC Milan and FA Cup quarterfinal at Leicester coming up before the international break, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side kicked off an important week with a solid performance on Sunday
Man City headed into Sunday’s Etihad clash 14 points clear of their rivals and off the back of a 21-game winning run across all competitions.