World Cup Qualifier: Rohr Happy To Have Ighalo For Cape Verde Clash

(File photo) Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo celebrates his second goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) Round of 16 football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at the Alexandria Stadium in the Egyptian city on July 6, 2019. Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

 

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr is happy to have Odion Ighalo back in the squad and could start against Cape Verde in Monday’s final group qualifier.

Ighalo, a former Manchester United striker retired after the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt and now plays for Al Shabab in the Saudi Professional League.

Speaking to Channels Television on Tuesday, Rohr said he is banking on Ighalo’s experience to help Nigeria seal qualification for the final round of qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

“We have a young team especially forwards, they are all young. In this department, Ighalo can help us very much. We have a big chance to have two wonder goal scorers – Osimhen and Kelechi,” Rohr said.

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Nigeria leads the group after five matches with 12 points while Cape Verde follows closely with 10 points, and that explains the importance of the encounter in Lagos.

Meanwhile, Super Eagles captain Ahmed Musa has assured Nigerians that the Super Eagles are mature enough to deal with any pressure when taking on the Blue Sharks of Cape Verde in today’s crucial game of Group C of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 qualifying African series.

After a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Liberia in Tangier, the former Leicester City forward confirmed the team has the right mindset to execute the mission.

“There will always be all kinds of pressure when you are out there on the football field, as a professional sportsman or woman,” said Musa. “You just must have strong fibre to cope with the pressure from everywhere, focus on getting the result and get the job done.

“Pressure is never an excuse not to put out your best; sometimes, it helps you to get beyond your level best.”

‘History Will Remember You’: Ighalo Slams Govt Over Lekki #EndSARS Protest Shooting

A file photo of Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, posing in solidarity with the #EndSARS protest in Nigeria. Photo: Twitter – @ighalojude

 

Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo has slammed Nigerian authorities over the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers in the Lekki area of Lagos State.

He condemned the shooting by the security operatives which led to the death and injury of several protesters on Tuesday evening at the Lekki toll gate.

“I am sad and heartbroken; I don’t know where to start from,” the Manchester United striker said in a Twitter video after the English Premier League side won their Champions League fixture against Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

He added, “Today, October 20, 2020, you people will be remembered in history as the first government that sent the military to the city to start killing their own citizens.”

 

Ighalo, who says he is not the type that gets involved in politics, believes it will be a disservice for him to keep quiet on the shooting.

He took a swipe at the government for the incident, stressing that the people were tired of them and could not condone such a reckless act any longer.

The 31-year-old said, “I can’t keep quiet anymore on what is going on back home in Nigeria. I will say Nigerian government, you guys are a shame to the world for killing your own citizens; sending the military to the streets to kill unarmed protesters, it is uncalled for.

“I am ashamed of this government, we are tired of you guys, and we can’t take this anymore.”

He, therefore, called on the United Nations and the United Kingdom among others to intervene in the crisis in Nigeria.

Ighalo also urged them to help the poor Nigerians and caution the local authorities against “killing their own citizens”.

He appealed to the youths to, as much as they could, stay safe and steer clear of activities that could lead to a reoccurrence of the ugly incident.

Ighalo Scores As Man Utd Edge 10-Man Norwich To Reach FA Cup Semi-Finals

Norwich City's English-born Northern Irish defender Jamal Lewis (L) clocks a shot from Manchester United's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on June 27, 2020. Joe Giddens / POOL / AFP
Norwich City’s English-born Northern Irish defender Jamal Lewis (L) clocks a shot from Manchester United’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo during the English FA Cup quarter-final football match between Norwich City and Manchester United at Carrow Road in Norwich, eastern England on June 27, 2020. Joe Giddens / POOL / AFP

 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United’s strength in depth will be crucial to their bid to win the FA Cup after they moved into the semi-finals with a 2-1 win over 10-man Norwich on Saturday.

Solskjaer’s side had to work hard for their last-four place as Harry Maguire won it late in extra time at Carrow Road.

Odion Ighalo’s opener was cancelled out by Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, but Canaries defender Timm Klose was sent off for hauling down Ighalo in the 89th minute.

United gradually wore Norwich down and England defender Maguire pounced to extend their unbeaten run to 14 games in all competitions.

United, who won their 12th and most recent FA Cup in 2016, remain on course to reach the final for the second time in three years.

“I’m delighted to be in the last four. Many of these players did not play the last game and now have 90 or 120 minutes in their legs,” Solskjaer said.

“We made many changes so I didn’t make it easy for the players. The game was not the greatest spectacle but I felt we kept the ball ok.

“It is great to have the option to rotate. Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion Ighalo gives me a chance to rotate.

“He is a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals.”

Exactly 114 days after United won at Derby in the fifth round on March 5, the FA Cup returned following the coronavirus hiatus with the competition’s first ever match in June.

Solskjaer made eight changes as only Maguire, Luke Shaw and Bruno Fernandes survived from the midweek Premier League win against Sheffield United.

United’s stand-ins were out of sync for much of a first half that followed the pattern of many post-lockdown matches, both teams lacking energy and invention.

In a rare threat, Maguire had to stop Lukas Rupp’s shot with an alert block after Cantwell’s run opened up the visitors’ defence.

Solskjaer’s team finally awoke from their slumber after the interval and grabbed the lead in the 51st minute.

Luke Shaw’s cross was helped on by Juan Mata and Ighalo sniffed out the chance, flicking an agile finish past Tim Krul from inside the six-yard box.

The Nigerian has scored in each of his four United starts, making it five goals in 11 appearances since he arrived from Shanghai Shenhua in January.

Frantic finale

Norwich were playing in their first FA Cup quarter-final since 1992, but Canaries boss Daniel Farke had dampened the mood when he insisted they had no chance of winning the competition.

Despite Farke’s pessimism, Norwich nearly equalised when Ben Godfrey stretched to reach Alexander Tettey’s header from Emiliano Buendia’s free-kick.

Norwich kept pressing and drew level in the 75th minute when Cantwell’s 20-yard strike swerved away from slow-to-react United keeper Sergio Romero.

Suddenly in the ascendency, Norwich almost won it in the final minutes when Buendia shot just past the far post.

But with extra time looming, Fernandes’ superb flick found Ighalo on the edge of the area and Klose’s panicked response, hauling down the Nigerian, triggered a red card from referee Jonathan Moss.

Krul made good saves to keep out efforts from United substitutes Paul Pogba and Mason Greenwood in a frantic finale.

With five subs allowed since the lockdown and an additional one given to teams who go to extra time in the FA Cup, United become the first English side to make six changes in the same game when Anthony Martial replaced Eric Bailly.

United dominated extra time and Marcus Rashford’s strike was pushed over by Krul, who made an even better save to stop Maguire’s header.

Maguire wasn’t to be denied and in the 118th minute United’s pressure finally told as the England defender poked home from close range after Ighalo flicked on.

 

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Man Utd Extend Ighalo’s Loan Deal Until January 2021

A file photo of Odion Ighalo.

 

Manchester United extended Odion Ighalo’s loan spell until January 2021 on Monday to ensure the Nigerian striker will be able to finish the 2019/20 season with the Premier League club.

Ighalo’s initial loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua expired at the end of May, but the 30-year-old has been rewarded for an impressive return of four goals in eight appearances for United before football was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic in March.

“Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo,” United said in a statement.

“He will now remain with the Reds until 31 January 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy.”

Ighalo could prove an important addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad ahead of a packed schedule once games get back underway later this month.

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The Premier League is due to return on June 17 and United could face up to 12 matches in little over a month should they also progress in the FA Cup.

Solskjaer’s men are also due to resume their Europa League campaign in August.

“They (Shanghai) have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club,” said Solskjaer last week.

“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”

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Solskjaer Hopes Ighalo Will Stay With Man Utd

In this file photo taken on December 28, 2019 Manchester United's Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes the travelling Manchester United fans at the end of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor in Burnley. Oli SCARFF / AFP
In this file photo taken on December 28, 2019 Manchester United’s Norwegian manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer salutes the travelling Manchester United fans at the end of the English Premier League football match between Burnley and Manchester United at Turf Moor in Burnley. Oli SCARFF / AFP

 

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said on Tuesday he hopes January signing, Odion Ighalo will stay at the club should the Premier League season restart next month.

Former Super Eagles forward, Ighalo, was signed from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, but his short-term deal expires at the end of May.

Despite United’s interest in extending Ighalo’s stay, Shanghai are reportedly keen for him to return to China for the start of their season.

“The loan deal went to the end of May now, so obviously he’s supposed to be going back,” Solskjaer said.

“We’re in dialogue and hopefully (he can stay). They’ve been great towards us, his club, and allow him to play for his dream club.

“It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish off what he started, maybe with a trophy or two.

“But at the moment nothing’s been agreed yet. Their league is going to start soon so we are just waiting to see.”

Ighalo scored four goals in three starts and made eight appearances in total for United

Meanwhile, Solskjaer said he is confident of having Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford fit if the league resumes next month.

Pogba has missed the majority of the campaign with an ongoing ankle injury, while Rashford seemed set to miss the rest of the season when he suffered a double stress fracture in his back in January.

United returned to training in small groups last week and preparations are expected to be ramped up further for a return to action when Premier League clubs vote on resuming contact training on Wednesday.

“Hopefully now we’ve proved we can do this safely and we can move to the next step. It’s been really enjoyable being on the training ground again,” said Solskjaer.

“They (Pogba and Rashford) are looking good, they’ve joined training now and they’ve done everything the other boys have been doing. No reaction so far, touch wood.

“When we get started, it looks like we can have a full squad to choose from.”

The return of both players could be a major boost to United’s hopes of ending the season on a high in three competitions.

Solskjaer’s men were three points off the top four in the Premier League when play was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic in March.

The Red Devils are also still in the hunt for silverware in the FA Cup and Europa League, which UEFA hopes to complete in August.

 

 

 

 

The Week In Photos: Metuh’s Cross, COVID-19 In Lagos And Ighalo’s Moment

A combination of the best photos of the week ending February 28, 2020.
A combination of the best photos of the week ending February 28, 2020.

 

What were the best news photos you came across this week? Here are our picks, ranging from the trial of former People’s Democratic Party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, the announcement of the first COVID-19 patient in Nigeria and the very rare moment Odion Ighalo scored a goal for Manchester United.

 

 

A fire fighter cool off his head after battling fire that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A firefighter cools off his head after battling an inferno that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Fire fighters battling fire that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Firefighters battling the inferno that gutted a petrol station along Kubwa Expressway in Abuja on Wednesday 26th February, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Former PDP spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh stand inside a dock at the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Former PDP spokesman, Mr Olisa Metuh stands inside a dock at the Federal High Court in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Metuh being taken to the Nigeria Correction Service after a judgement was passed on his case on February the 25th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV
Metuh being taken to the Nigeria Correction Service after a judgement was passed on his case on February the 25th, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

 

A police truck is stationed at the entrance of Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja during the review of Bayelsa APC's governorship candidate David Lyon over the Bayelsa Election. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A police truck is stationed at the entrance of Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja during the review of Bayelsa APC’s governorship candidate David Lyon over the Bayelsa Election. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Men of the Nigeria Correction Service departs the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Men of the Nigeria Correction Service departs the Federal High Court in Abuja as they convey convicts to the Kuje Prison in Abuja on February 25, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, display the image of the corona virus (covid-19) at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire, display the image of the corona virus (covid-19) at a press conference in Abuja on the confirmed case of coronavirus on February 28, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/ Channels TV

 

 

A soldier checks the body temperature of a visitor to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital at Yaba in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. - Nigeria reported the first new coronavirus case in sub-Saharan Africa on February 28, 2020 and a major global auto show was cancelled in a bid to stop contagion, as the deadly epidemic sent global stock markets and oil prices plunging. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP
A soldier checks the body temperature of a visitor to the 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital at Yaba in Lagos, on February 28, 2020. Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

 

 

A Reverend sister marks faithful with ash as Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
A Reverend sister marks faithful with ash as Catholics mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

An aerial view of catholics as they mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
An aerial view of catholics as they mark the beginning of the Lenten season wearing black to show grievances at the rate of security challenges in Nigeria. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Disappointed subscribers of the nationwide Workers’ Housing Scheme on Monday, February 24, 2020, stormed the headquarters of the NLC, Abuja in protest over FG Nationwide Workers Housing scheme they see as fraud. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV
The disappointed subscribers hold up banners. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

 

Demonstrators clash with the police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera's government in Vina del Mar, on February 23, 2020, during the Vina del Mar Music Festival. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP)
Demonstrators clash with the police during a protest against Chilean President Sebastian Pinera’s government in Vina del Mar, on February 23, 2020, during the Vina del Mar Music Festival. (Photo by Martin BERNETTI / AFP)

 

 

A couple of revellers enjoy the mud during the "Bloco da Lama", a mud carnival party, in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on February 22, 2020. - "Bloco da Lama" started in 1986 with teenagers playing with mud and became a traditional event at the historical city of Paraty. Photo by DANIEL RAMALHO / AFP
A couple of revellers enjoy the mud during the “Bloco da Lama”, a mud carnival party, in Paraty, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, on February 22, 2020. – “Bloco da Lama” started in 1986 with teenagers playing with mud and became a traditional event at the historical city of Paraty. Photo by DANIEL RAMALHO / AFP

 

 

Manchester United's Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (R) scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 27, 2020. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP
Manchester United’s Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo (R) scores his team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League round of 32 second leg football match between Manchester United and Club Brugge at Old Trafford in Manchester, north-west England, on February 27, 2020. Photo: Oli SCARFF / AFP

Ighalo Scores Debut Man Utd Goal

 

Odion Ighalo, Manchester United’s January signing from China, has scored his first goal for the club. 

Ighalo scored his debut goal in Manchester United’s game against Club Brugge.

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His goal came six minutes after Bruno Fernandes put the Red Devils ahead from a penalty kick in the 27th minute.

United made it 3:0 just before the half-time break, with a goal from Scott McTominay.

Europa: Ighalo May Start Against Club Brugge, Says Solskjaer

A file photo of Odion Ighalo. Source: [email protected]

 

 

Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has hinted that former Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo, might make the first-11 squad in Thursday’s Europa League match against Club Brugge.

Ighalo, who teamed up with the Old Trafford side from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on the January transfer deadline day, was a late substitute as the Red Devils powered home to a 2-0 win over Chelsea in their English Premier League tie on Monday.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) top scorer almost made a scoring debut in the tie with Frank Lampard’s men but saw his shot parried by Chelsea goalkeeper, Willie Cabballero.

Ighalo is part of United’s team that travelled to Belgium to face Brugge in a round of 16 Europa League first leg encounter.

Addressing a pre-match press conference, Solskjaer praised the former Watford hitman whom he described as a man who “knows his craft”.

He said, “Well I’m not going to tell the team. But we’re going to have to rotate with all the games we’ve got coming up and he’s one of them that could start. We’ve not 100 per cent decided yet.”

According to the 46-year-old Norwegian, Ighalo is a goal scorer who has shown his skills during training.

“Well, for me, Odion is a different type of striker for us. He is a box striker, he’s a goal scorer. We’ve already seen in training that he really knows his craft.”

Coronavirus: Ighalo Trains Alone Outside Man United Facilities

Odion Ighalo. PHOTO CREDIT: @ighalojude/Twitter

 

Odion Ighalo, Manchester United’s January signing from China, has been training away from the club’s facilities as a precaution due to the coronavirus outbreak, British media reported on Thursday.

The 30-year-old Nigerian international striker joined United on loan until the end of the season on January 31 — transfer deadline day — from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

He is due to meet with his United team-mates for the first time this weekend ahead of Monday’s clash with Chelsea as they have been away at a training camp in Spain — Ighalo did not travel because of fears he might have problems re-entering the United Kingdom.

Both The Times and The Daily Mirror reported Ighalo had been told to stay away from the club’s Carrington training centre — where hundreds of staff work — as he went through a 14-day quarantine period.

The former Watford star — who has not played a competitive match since December 6 — has instead been put through his paces by a personal trainer at the GB Taekwondo Headquarters in Manchester, not far from rivals Manchester City’s ground.

The British government called the novel coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat”, and said anyone with the disease can now be forcibly quarantined if they are deemed a threat to public health. There are nine confirmed cases in Britain.

More than 1,350 people have died in China from the virus, and nearly 60,000 others have been infected.

Most cases have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late last year, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.

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Premier League: Ighalo Makes United Squad For Chelsea Clash

 

Odion Ighalo will be in the Manchester United squad for the Premier League clash with Chelsea next Monday despite missing a training camp in Spain due to fears he could be denied re-entry into Britain if restrictions against the outbreak of Coronavirus are tightened.

The 30-year-old Nigerian international striker joined United on loan until the end of the season on deadline day last month from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

The British government called the novel coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat”, and said anyone with the disease can now be forcibly quarantined if they are deemed a threat to public health as the number of cases in Britain doubled to eight.

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak surged past 1,000 on Tuesday.

Most cases overseas have involved people who had been in Wuhan, the quarantined central Chinese city where the virus emerged late last year, or people infected by others who had been at the epicentre.

United said Saturday in a statement that Ighalo had been left out of the Spain squad to avoid any potential problems related to the killer virus on re-entry to Britain.

However, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told the club’s website Ighalo will be in the squad for a match that could have a crucial bearing on who finishes in the top four this term and qualifies for the Champions League next season.

“Yeah, he is going to travel with us,” said Solskjaer.

“We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.

“We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.”

Ighalo, who has played his club football in China for the past three years after joining Changchun Yatai from Watford, was signed as emergency cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.

Chelsea presently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot and are six points clear of eighth-placed United.

The other three Champions League places look destined for Liverpool, Manchester City and third-placed Leicester, who have a 10 point advantage over fifth-placed Sheffield United and a game in hand to boot.

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Ighalo To Miss United Training Over Coronavirus Fears

 

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo will not join up with his new teammates on a training camp in Spain this week due to fears he could be denied re-entry to the United Kingdom if restrictions against the outbreak of Coronavirus are tightened.

Ighalo joined United on loan until the end of the season on deadline day last month from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.

“Due to the current situation in China, it has been decided that new signing Odion Ighalo will not travel to Spain as it is not guaranteed that he’d clear UK immigration on return should border restrictions tighten on travellers who’ve been in China within the past 14 days,” United said in a statement.

“Odion will stay in Manchester on a personal training and fitness programme so that he will be ready to join in team training sessions when the squad return from the trip.

“This is simply a precautionary measure as the situation continues to be monitored.”

Ighalo, who has played his club football in China for the past three years after joining Changchun Yatai from Watford, was signed as emergency cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.

“Of course he might have liked to have come with the players and got to know them, but the risk (of border restrictions tightening), we don’t want to take that,” said United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Rashford and Paul Pogba are also noticeable absentees from the United squad headed to Spain as they will continue their recovery in Manchester.

United are not in action again until they travel to Chelsea in a crucial battle for a top-four finish in the Premier League on February 17.

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‘Ighalo Has Nothing To Lose’

Odion Ighalo starred for Watford during his previous stint in the English premier league.
Odion Ighalo starred for Watford during his previous stint in the English premier league.

 

Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo’s surprise move to Manchester United has been generating a lot of reaction from football pundits across the world.

Speaking on Sky Sports News former United centre-back Jaap Stam said Ighalo has nothing to lose by making the switch from China.

“He’s got nothing to lose because nobody thought he would be a United player,” Stam said.

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He added: “United have confidence in him. We’re all a bit surprised, but he can just go in there and do his thing. We all want to see United get back up there.

“Like all former players and United supporters, we wish him well. He’s joining a big family. Everybody within the club hopes that every player will do well and is going to perform.

“I’m sure he’ll feel welcome and hopefully he’s going to produce.”

“He’s now playing with better players than he was at Watford, so he will get more opportunities to score than at Watford.

“I’m sure he’s got the ability. He wasn’t their first choice, but you assume people have seen him and trust what he can bring.”

Another former United player, Gary Neville, believes Ighalo might just be what the club needs at the moment.

“The boy may do very well,” he said. “He might come in and settle in, he might score goals and do a job for the club.”