Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Edinson Cavani has a big role to play for Manchester United and has even hinted that the Uruguayan could extend his time at Old Trafford.
The 33-year-old joined the club for a year in October, leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent after seven years in the French capital.
Although Cavani has mostly been reduced to cameo roles so far, the latter seeing him leave the bench to install Bruno Fernandes for United’s second goal against Leicester, Solskjaer is convinced that there is more to come from the striker.
“He’s definitely a starter, you don’t rank a player of his quality like anything else,” Solskjaer said.
“I trust him and that’s the thing, we have a good competition for places but he will probably start more games than him.”
With Cavani’s deal including an option to extend his stay for an additional season, Solskjaer believes the forward could have an impact not only for the rest of this campaign but beyond as well.
“He’s so meticulous, professional, his habits – everything shows him why he’s had the career he’s had,” Solskjaer added.
“At the moment it looks like he has a few years left – even at his age, he’s still one of the fittest players we have.
“I wouldn’t say anything other than if he made a big impact when he came here and let’s just focus on improving everyone.”
Gary Neville is wondering if Manchester United should enter the January transfer market and whether manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can afford not to have Bruno Fernandes or Harry Maguire in his starting lineup.
United beat Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park on Wednesday night to advance to the Carabao Cup semi-finals, where they face rivals Manchester City.
As a result, Solskjaer’s side have now won their last 14 away games in all competitions, a race that has seen the club move just five points behind Liverpool to the top of the Premier League, and with one game in course against the champions. .
Solskjaer himself has played down the suggestion that United claim the title, insisting that “this is not something we are talking about” as the former club captain thinks?