The 33-year-old has impressed since signing at Old Trafford in the summer transfer window, but has only made three starts in all competitions.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Manchester United will likely trigger the one-year extension option on Edinson Cavani’s contract and has not ruled out the forward staying beyond the end of his current contract.
Cavani signed a one-year contract with the option for an additional 12 months on the last day of the summer transfer window, but Solskjaer believes the 33-year-old has got him longer.
“At the moment it looks like he has a few years left so I won’t say anything else,” Solskjaer said. “He had a big impact when he came here. Let’s focus on improving everyone, but he has a few years left.
The arrival of the old Paris Saint Germain the forward has been questioned by some, but he made a positive impact and was influential off the bench as United drew Leicester at King Power on Boxing Day.
Despite his performances, the Uruguayan has only started three games in all competitions, but Solskjaer insists his time as a regular holder will come.
“He’s definitely a starter. You don’t classify a player of that quality like anything else. We have a lot of starters, more than 11. That’s the problem when you’re at Man United, ”explained Solskjaer.
“You should believe and trust yourself. I trust him. We have good competition for places. He will probably start more games than he starts.
“When you think about the history of his career and the experience he had, his personality from the conversation I had with him and when I looked at him before, he wasn’t doing any doubt he could handle the No.7 jersey.
“He’s so meticulous and professional, his habits and everything about him shows why he had the career he has. Even at the age he is now, he’s one of the fittest players. that we have.”
With matches to come, Cavani could get his next start sooner rather than later as Solskjaer looks to polish his starting XI to keep his squad fresh in the coming weeks.
“It’s good for the players to know that we trust them to play in the big games,” Solskjaer said of using 20 players in the last two games.
“They are here for a reason. They are there to contribute and in this period, they will all have to do that this season because it is going to be relentless. I hope that will be of use to us, yes.