Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been delighted by Edinson Cavani’s impact at Manchester United and believes the veteran striker still has years left at the top.
There were concerns over the shrewdness of signing a 33-year-old on deadline day after months without a club.
But those concerns have been extinguished during the Uruguay international’s promising start to life at the 20-time league champions.
Cavani has made an impact on and off the pitch for United, scoring four goals in 13 appearances since signing a one-season deal with the option of another year.
It now seems a matter of when rather than if the Red Devils trigger that extension clause – and United boss Solskjaer believes Cavani can shine for a few seasons yet.
“At the moment it looks like he’s got a few years left in him so I wouldn’t say anything else,” Solskjaer said when asked if he would like to keep Cavani for a further season.
“He has made a great impact when he’s come here, so let’s focus on improving everyone as well. But he’s got a few years left in him.”
Cavani is pushing for just his second Premier League start against Wolves on Tuesday, fresh from providing an assist off the bench in the 2-2 Boxing Day draw against Leicester City.
“He is definitely a starter,” Solskjaer said.
“You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else.
“We have got plenty of starters, more than 11 starters and that’s the thing when you are at Man United. You should believe, trust in yourself.
“I trust him, I trust my players and we’ve got good competition for places. He’ll probably start more games than he will not start.”