Solskjaer responds to Roy Keane’s criticism of Edinson Cavani

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Edinson Cavani to make a huge impact at the club amid criticism from club legend Roy Keane.

The Uruguayan has made just three substitute appearances since completing a free transfer to Old Trafford in the summer, but former United captain Roy Keane is unconvinced with the player’s efforts for the club so far. He also claimed that the Norwegian’s job could be on the line if the player fails to deliver as expected.

“I’m intrigued when I look at warm-ups. Cavani never threw a leg, he actually didn’t do a warm-up, did he?” Keane told Sky Sports. “Then he comes on as a sub and is being asked to get them back in the game.

“Ole’s talking about having to get him [Cavani] up to speed, well, sometimes it’s up to the player to do something.

“Ole will pay the ultimate price, obviously. Ole will lose his job, walk out of this group of players, that’s whats going to happen.”

In his pre-match press conference on Tuesday, Solskjaer responded by giving his support to Cavani, and believes the 33-year-old will become a key player for United this season after keeping a close eye on the forward’s fitness in training.

“Edinson’s generally a fit man anyway and he’s getting his sharpness in training and he’s got some substitute appearances now,” Solskjaer told United’s official website.

“We haven’t managed to get him long enough yet to make a big impact.

“But he’s looking sharper and sharper in training so it won’t be long.”

He added: “Well Roy has always been outspoken. I’m very glad I’ve got the players that we have here with us.

“We’ve got different jobs. Roy’s job is to give his opinion, I will always listen to Roy. But we move on here with a great group of players, a strong group of players, and I’m sure we’ll see a response.”