Odion Ighalo has turned out to be one of the bargains of the January transfer window, prompting Manchester United to celebrate his performances this month.
Since moving to Old Trafford from Shanghai Shenhua earlier this year on a short-term loan contract until the end of the season, Ighalo has already netted 4 goals in 8 appearances in all competitions for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, including a brace against Derby County in the FA Cup at the beginning of March (Transfermarkt).
The Nigerian striker, who is valued at just £5.85m by Transfermarkt, was initially signed to provide injury cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. Ighalo has more than stepped up to the plate, averaging 2.7 shots per game, playing 2 key passes, and successfully completing 1.7 dribbles on average in the Europa League (WhoScored).
In comparison, Martial takes 1.8 shots on average, averages 0.3 key passes per game, and completes roughly 1.5 dribbles in the European competition this season (WhoScored).
All things considered, the 30-year-old has quickly adapted to life in Manchester, and Solskjaer has hinted he is keen to keep a hold of the Nigerian in the summer.
Naturally many Red Devils have been raving about Ighalo’s impressive start to his career at Old Trafford, with one supporter remarking he is a “beautiful player.” Another simply added “what a find.”
Have a read through some of the best reactions down below…
Love it. What a signing
— Michael Safro (@safrossydney) March 19, 2020
Keep him. He offers something we don’t have, another handy tool in the toolbox 🔧🔴🇳🇬
— KB-7 (@Cr7NeTwOrK) March 20, 2020
Me! What a find!
— Sue Andreou (@tsula18) March 19, 2020
Just announce his contract
— |Martial FC| (@m_unitedd) March 19, 2020
Couldn’t be more impressed with him, dream start for him ❤
— J.A.O 🔰 (@JuanAnderOnly) March 20, 2020
The goal against lask 🔥 and the hold up play in the last few mins against city 🔥🔥
— Stephen Doherty (@stephenshivey) March 19, 2020
Beautiful story of that beautiful player 👏👏
— Buliziom1906 (@buliziom) March 19, 2020
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