Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Edinson Cavani’s strong debut campaign at Old Trafford hasn’t come as a surprise to him.
The 34-year-old has made a big impact after signing as a free agent last October, scoring seven goals in all competitions and six in the Premier League.
Solskjaer indicated he will sit down with Cavani at the end of the season to determine whether to trigger the club’s option to extend the striker’s contract by a further season.
What did Solskjaer say about Cavani?
“I haven’t been surprised by Edinson, just impressed,” the United boss said.
“I spoke to Ander Herrera and Diego Forlan and other players who knew Edinson. Every single one of them sang Edinson’s praises for his attitude, his personality – and that is exactly what we have seen.
”I can only say that I have been really impressed with him. But surprised, no, because I knew what we were getting.“
On contract talks with Cavani, Solskjaer added: “I will sit down with him at the end of the season.
“We will have a discussion with Edinson and between ourselves at the club. But I have to say that what he’s done has been very positive.
“All I will say is that I hope the weather in Manchester will improve for him!”
The bigger picture
After being brought along slowly at the beginning of the season, Cavani has taken on a bigger role with United of late.
The Uruguayan has started eight Premier League matches this season, but six of those have come in the club’s last eight matches.
Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have failed to match their scoring form of last season, meaning Cavani’s goals have been vital to a team that have been led by Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes.
United, who are second in the Premier League standings, lead the league in goals scored with 50 from 24 games
Man Utd fear leg break for Mejbri as they express anger at refereeing at U-23 level
Hannibal Mejbri’s promotion to first-team training has been delayed due to the persistent injuries he has been suffering at Under-23 level.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently confirmed that the midfielder, along with Shola Shoretire and Amad Diallo, would join up with his squad for training as he looks to continue his development.
However, injury issues have halted his progress, with Goal having learned that United are growing frustrated at the lack of protection the teenager is being given, with U-23s boss Neil Wood fearing he will suffer a broken leg if things don’t change.
What has Solskjaer said about Mejbri?
The Red Devils boss confirmed last week that Mejbri would be making the step up to the first team. He told reporters: “We’ve moved Shola [Shoretire] up with us. Hannibal [Mejbri] will join us and we will keep them with us for a while.
“It’s the next step in their development, we’ve got to take the hit that when they play for the reserves they have to travel by themselves. It’s a nice step for them, they’ve done really well.”
Why the delay?
Mejbri should have already had a few sessions with the first team, like Shoretire, but his initial promotion was delayed after he left Leigh Sports Village on crutches having suffered an ankle injury in the 6-4 win against Blackburn U-23s on February 5.
That injury problem led to him missing all of last week’s training sessions with the first team, although he was then passed fit to play against Arsenal U-23s on February 12.
However, he was forced off during that game – a 3-0 United win courtesy of goals from Harvey Neville, Joe Hugill and Shoretire – with a shoulder injury and it is understood his arm was still in a sling as the first team were preparing to fly to Turin to face Real Sociedad in the Europa League.
Man United star reveals the fastest player in the squad currently
Luke Shaw reveals the fastest player at Manchester United currently
Shaw is enjoying one of his best seasons at the club. He has made the left-back spot his own, appearing in 28 games this season.
His contribution at both ends have amplified, particularly his contributions in the attack. The former Southampton man has already racked up 6 assists in the league this season.
On being asked who was the fastest player at the club, Shaw replied that is lot of talk regarding that. They check their speed on their GPS’s and there’s a lot of competition in that area.
“I think gold medal would be, of course, Daniel James. Then it’s split here. I think there are so many people who are similar. I’m putting myself up there. I’ll put me silver with Rashy [Rashford]. We can keep second.”
A surprising name is at third is that of Axel Tuanzebe, who hasn’t played much this season.
Much of Shaw’s resurgence this term has been pointed at Alex Telles’ arrival in the summer. While it was expected that the Porto man would be the first-choice, Shaw hasn’t let that happen. He claimed that Telles’ arrival was a real boost for him.