Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hailed the impact of Edinson Cavani and had discussed how the forward will help improve teenage starlet Mason Greenwood.
Cavani signed for Manchester United on a free transfer during the summer after leaving Paris Saint-Germain, arriving with a reputation as one of Europe’s most feared forwards after netting 200 goals in 301 appearances for the Parisian outfit.
Questions were asked on whether the 33-year-old could handle the demands of the Premier League in the latter stages of his career but Cavani has proven a fine acquisition to date, scoring five times from just eight starts across all competitions this season.
Solskjaer has been delighted with the forward’s impact and has praised Cavani’s attitude and application to the game, believing the star’s experience will have a positive impact on the emerging prospects in the Red Devils’ squad.
“When a striker of that age runs almost 12km [in a game], chases down the keeper, back-tackles midfielders, is a threat in the box, shows humility to come in every day to do his best, his experience and attitude has given every one of us a lesson.”
Solskjaer also spoke on the development of Mason Greenwood with the youngster yet to hit the form he showed last season, though the 19-year-old netted his fourth goal of the campaign during the 3-2 FA Cup victory over Liverpool on Sunday.
The Norwegian believes that Greenwood will have an ‘important’ part to play in his side’s second half of the season and believes the youngster will have benefitted greatly from training and learning alongside Cavani.
“We think he will be very important in the second half of the season,” he added. “He has been training with Cavani for half a season, whoever doesn’t learn good habits from him… we’re very confident he will chip in with performances and assists.”