Solskjaer offers Cavani future update as he hails striker’s influence

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted Edinson Cavani could stay at Manchester United beyond the end of this season.

Cavani, who has seven goals from 24 appearances, signed a one year deal when he joined United in October as a free agent.

But the 34-year-old has been such a success, on and off the field, with his influence on younger team-mates like Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, that Solskjaer hinted he could be at United next season.

"I can only say Edinson has done well," said Solskajer.

"I’ve been impressed by him, he’s really gelled in the group and we’ll sit down and speak with him in the near future to see his plans and our plans.

"It’s a good discussion to have. We always speak to the players and with his contract situation at the moment we’re very pleased with what he’s done."

Cavani missed United's 4-0 Europa League win over Real Sociedad but is in the frame to return against Newcastle on Sunday at Old Trafford.

United will be without Paul Pogba, but Donny van de Beek, who also missed the midweek win, could return, although Scott McTominay, who came off against Sociedad, may miss out.

Solskjaer said: "Paul is out, I don’t know how Scott is and I don’t know how Edinson and Donny will be either. They have a chance, I think.

"We just have to give them until before training on Saturday, because on Saturday we need to pick a team so we'll see how they are. Hopefully they can both be available."

United will look to address their league form which has seen them lose touch in the title race.

Solskjaer's side have won just two of their last seven.

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