Solskjaer defends Cavani’s start at Man Utd

The Norwegian ruled out claims that the veteran striker has been sluggish since arriving at Old Trafford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the “great influence” of Edinson Cavani at Manchester United after reaching the semifinals of the Carabao Cup.

Cavani scored a great goal in the 88th minute before Anthony Martial sealed United’s win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

The Uruguayan international’s goal came from his fourth shot on goal in the match, which was one more than Everton managed as a team.

Cavani has scored four goals in 12 games for United this season, and Solskjaer has praised the striker rejecting any suggestions that the 33-year-old has slowly started at the club.

“I think you’re wrong, I don’t think it started slowly. I think it went really well, it was great,” the United manager said at a news conference.

“Obviously he’s hurt, anyone can be hurt. He came in late [in the transfer window] so I am really pleased with his influence. In the locker room, his habits that he brings to training, his attitude towards the game. See how well he takes care of himself.

“He scored some very important goals for us and that gives us experience, it gives a lot. He’ll just be here, getting better and better, of course because he’s been out for seven months. We’re patient with him and I think he made a big impact.”

While Cavani and Martial fired United in the semi-final against Manchester City, Paul Pogba also provided a nice show in the middle of the park.

No player on the field had more key passes (three) nor did he acquire possession (eight) more often than the French midfielder.

“Paul is getting more ready and that’s the biggest thing with Paul because he’s been injured by injuries for the last year and a half and Covid is another injury in the international break,” Solskjaer said.

“I’m very pleased with his performance, very pleased with his contribution to the team. He’s playing better and better and he’ll probably just get better and better.”

Currently sitting third in the Premier League table, United travel to Leicester City on Saturday and Foxes in second from the Red Devils.