Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed Edinson Cavani's "big impact" at Manchester United after reaching the EFL Cup semi-finals.
Cavani drilled in a brilliant 88th-minute goal before Anthony Martial sealed United's 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
The Uruguay international's goal came from his fourth shot on target in the match, which was one more than Everton managed as a team.
Cavani has scored four goals in 12 games for United this season and Solskjaer praised the striker while dismissing any suggestions the 33-year-old had made a slow start at the club.
"I think you're wrong, I don't think he has had a slow start. I think he has done really well, he's been excellent," the United manager told a news conference.
"He's obviously been injured, anyone can be injured. He came late [in the transfer window] so I'm really pleased with his influence. In the dressing room, his habits that he brings to training, his attitude to the game. You can see how well he looks after himself.
"He's scored some very important goals for us and it gives us experience, he gives a lot. He's just going to be here, better and better of course because he was out for seven months. We've been patient with him and I think he's made a big impact."
As Cavani and Martial fired United into a semi-final against Manchester City, Paul Pogba produced a fine performance.
No player on the pitch had more key passes (three) or gained possession more often (eight) than the midfielder.
"Paul is getting fitter and fitter and that's the biggest thing with Paul because his last year and a half have been marred with injuries, and COVID, another injury in the international break," Solskjaer said.
"I'm very pleased with his performance, very pleased with his contribution to the team. He's playing better and better and probably will just improve and improve."
Sitting third in the Premier League table, United make the trip to Leicester City on Saturday.