Ighalo, the second coming of Cantona

February 4, 2020

 

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Nigeria’s forward Odion Ighalo, Africa’s current best striker

 

Manchester United’s latest transfer signing Odion Ighalo could have a similar impact at Old Trafford as Eric Cantona, according to former player Mark Bosnich.

United signed Ighalo on loan for the rest of the season from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua as a last gasp addition on January deadline day.

United were in need of additions up front following the lengthy injury lay off to top scorer Marcus Rashford and, after opting not to meet Bournemouth’s asking price for Josh King, settled on the short-term solution of the Nigerian international.

Ighalo hasn’t played in the Premier League since departing Watford for China in 2017 – after netting 17 goals in 55 appearances – and as he’s now 30-years-old the signing has received some criticism.

However, former goalkeeper Bosnich believes that Ighalo could replicate the arrival of icon Cantona at the club and help United clinch Champions League qualification.

“This was an emergency signing,” Bosnich told Sky Sports News.

“I can understand a lot of people taking about a scatter-gun approach, well it had to be with Marcus Rashford being out.

“The top four is still possible for Manchester United, they had to go and get somebody.

Yet Bosnich still believes his old club can finish in the top four.

“I think they can, there’s no doubt about that,” the Australian added. “Six points at this stage of the season for me is still nothing.

“The big question of them not scoring goals is the way that they’re playing. People would have a lot more confidence if they had been watching performances and saying okay this team is actually going somewhere.

“I do believe that they are. Whether or not they’ll be able creep into that top four at the end of the season is a different question entirely. There’s a still a chance, regardless of what anyone says they’re still in the mix.

 

EDITED FROM: manchestereveningnews.co.uk


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