Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that club officials will sit down for talks with veteran striker Edinson Cavani about extending his contract, with the boss commenting that he is ‘very pleased’ with the player’s impact so far.
Cavani may have been a late panic signing on transfer deadline day in October, but the former Paris Saint-Germain star has proven to be a fantastic addition to a young United squad.
The 34-year-old has been praised for his professionalism, winning mentality, fitness and movement and has scored three Premier League goals in the last month alone. Not only have his own performances been important, he has become a mentor figure to United’s young forwards.
“I can only say Edinson has done well for us, I’ve been impressed with him and he’s gelled really well with the group,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“We’ll sit down with him and speak with him in the near future, of course, to see his plans and our plans. You always speak to your players and with his contract situation, we’re very pleased with what he’s done.”
Cavani’s influence on developing talents like Mason Greenwood was made crystal clear earlier this week when the 19-year-old spoke about him in truly glowing terms.
“The way he plays, the way he trains, he already knows he’s setting an example. I always pay attention and watch the way he finishes and does the runs,” Greenwood told BT Sport.
“He tells me what to do in the box sometimes. He’s probably scored 200 or 300 goals doing the same movement over and over again. Some people say it’s luck when he does the movement, but he probably does it four or five times a game.”
Solskjaer is hoping that Cavani and midfielder Donny van de Beek will be fit enough to return to action for United’s Premier League clash with Newcastle on Sunday. But Paul Pogba is still definitely ruled out until March and Scott McTominay is also a doubt.