The Norwegian is optimistic that the contribution of the former Paris Saint-Germain star will increase as he builds up his match fitness.
According to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Edinson Cavani is getting sharper and sharper and it won’t be long before the Manchester United striker makes a big impact on Old Trafford.
By signing a one-season contract at Old Trafford in October, which includes the option of an extra year, Cavani embarked on a new challenge in the Premier League.
Since leaving Paris Saint-Germain in June, the 33-year-old has been without a club and has been given extra time to build up his fitness since his arrival at United.
So far, he had to be satisfied with three substitution appearances for Solskjaer ‘s side, with his latest cameo coming on Sunday during a 1-0 loss against Arsenal.
In the absence of playing time, the Uruguayan has only shown glimpses of his predatory instincts, but his manager is optimistic he will soon be able to prove his worth as a regular starter after seeing him develop steadily on the training pitch.
“Anyway, he’s normally a fit man, and he gets his sharpness in training, and now he’s got some substitute appearances,” Solskjaer told a press conference ahead of Wednesday night’s Red Devils trip to Istanbul Basaksehir.
“We haven’t managed to get him long enough to have a major effect yet, but in training he looks sharper and sharper, so it won’t be long.”
Anthony Martial, who has just completed serving a three-game Premier League suspension after being sent off in a heavy loss to Spurs before the last international break, is one man who could slot straight into Solskjaer’s line-up in Turkey.
In their last Champions League outing at Old Trafford, the Frenchman scored a penalty as United thrashed RB Leipzig 5-0, and the Norwegian head coach is hopeful he can kick on in the coming weeks to rediscover his best form.
Anthony was important to us last season and during the time I was here. So, of course, it’s a bonus to get him back, “Solskjaer said.” It gives us more choices upfront and on either side, and we’re going to look forward to seeing the best of Anthony.
“I thought you could see his sharpness getting there at the end of the Leipzig game and he was very optimistic and light, which is fine.”
“After suffering their third top-flight reversal of the season with a critical battle against Everton looming large on the horizon, questioned on the need for his side to respond strongly, Solskjaer added:” Definitely. It is always important to come back and react after a disappointing day.
We’ve had some time to focus on this [defeat at the Arsenal] now, and it’s gone, and we’ve got to get an Istanbul score, and hopefully, we’re going to get three points and then we’re going to Everton.
“We have not been helped by the timetable, of course, but it is another obstacle.”