Ole’s assessment of Cavani
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues to be hugely impressed by the impact Edinson Cavani has made at Manchester United and says fans can expect to see the Uruguayan starting more games in the coming weeks and months.
The 33-year-old striker once again made an impressive impact off the bench, when he set up Bruno Fernandes for our second goal in the 2-2 draw at Leicester City on Boxing Day.
This latest stand-out cameo came on the back of Cavani's superb finish in our Carabao Cup quarter-final win at Everton last week and his memorable double to earn our dramatic 3-2 victory at Southampton last month.
Ahead of our league clash with Wolves at Old Trafford, Ole was asked in his pre-match press conference whether he sees Cavani as more of a starter or an impact player as a substitute. The boss was very clear in his response.
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As the busy festive period continues, the Reds have been preparing for our next Premier League game, against Wolves.
“He's definitely a starter. You don't classify a player of that quality as anything else,” insisted Ole. “We've got plenty of starters, more than 11 starters.
“When you're at Man United you should believe in yourself and trust yourself. I trust him, I trust all my players and we've got good competition for places. He'll probably start more games than he will not start.”
The United manager also revealed he had not qualms about handing the striker the famed no.7 shirt and he revealed it was actually Cavani who brought the topic up first.
“That was the first thing he asked me when I spoke to him, if he could wear the no.7,” explained the boss. “We talk about the history of the shirt and, for me, with the history of his career and the experience he's had and his personality when I spoke to him and having watched him before... I wasn't in doubt that he could handle that no.7 shirt.
“He's so meticulous and professional with his habits, everything about him shows why he's had the career he's had and, at the age he's now, he's still one of the fittest players we've got."
When asked whether the Reds would look to extend Cavani’s current one-year deal with the club and trigger the further one-year option available, Solskjaer said: “At the moment he looks like he has a few years left in him so I wouldn't say anything else.
"He's been a great influence and has made a great impact since he's come here. He's got a few years left in him.”