Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told his pre-Wolves press conference he has been very impressed with Edinson Cavani’s start at Manchester United.
Cavani has four goals and two assists so far for United and is in contention to start against Wolves this evening.
Solskjaer praised Cavani’s fitness and said he will start more games than he doesn’t, amid a busy fixture schedule in which the manager is smartly looking to utilise the big squad he has available.
The United boss told the club website: “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.”
Cavani’s age, 33, was one of the reasons against a potential move for the Uruguayan in the summer. He has shown already that these concerns were misguided.
We wrote yesterday that triggering the one-year extension in Cavani’s deal would be a no-brainer.
Solskjaer appears to agree with this stance, as he was asked about a longer deal for Cavani at his press conference.
He responded: “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, let’s just focus on improving everyone as well. He’s got a few years left in him.”
Cavani’s early impact is reminiscent of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was even older when he signed a short-term deal at Old Trafford, which was ultimately cut short by injury. The Swede has since bounced back at and 39-years-old is the third highest scorer in Serie A this season.
Cavani is still just getting started, and appears to be a positive influence on the rest of the squad. He will be a big help as the team push for silverware this season and the next, and from the sounds of Solskjaer’s comments, he could get a contract beyond that.
United’s caution over handing Cavani a long deal was right at the time. Now it would not be a surprise at all if both parties sought to reach an agreement which does not feel so temporary.
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