Manchester United’s decision to snap up Odion Ighalo in January has been questioned by Paul Scholes, with the Red Devils legend not convinced that a prolific strike rate in China is “credible” enough to secure a regular starting spot at Old Trafford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer found himself in the market for more firepower throughout the winter transfer window and that search ended up going down to the wire, with a deal for Ighalo done on deadline day.
The Nigeria international is a proven performer with prior Premier League experience from a spell at Watford, while also being a United fan, but Scholes is not convinced that the 30-year-old will be the answer to the Red Devils’ problems with Marcus Rashford ruled out through injury.
He told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t think he’s a signing for the long term.
“I think his scoring record in China is very good but is it that credible? I don’t know.
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) February 12, 2020
“He is an out-and-out centre forward, I don’t think United have an out-and-out centre forward. He’ll play with his back to goal and he might bring players into play.
“It’s good to have an extra body but when you’re United you want an extra body with quality and he’s got that to prove. He’ll bring something different. I don’t see him starting many games.”
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