Why Odion Ighalo is perfect for Manchester United


Manchester United made a late and unexpected signing in the January transfer window and the fans should be excited for his arrival.

It is not the glamorous transfer most would have liked. It is far from the calibre of player Manchester United fans have been accustomed to signing in transfer windows of the past, nonetheless Odion Ighalo could prove to be an ingenious piece of business conducted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and co.

The former Watford striker will become the first Nigerian to play for the club and he arrives with little expectations heaped on his shoulders.

Many have raised eyebrows over the transfer of Odion Ighalo who is 30 years of age and has been playing in the Chinese league for the last few seasons.

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His talents are largely considered to be washed up. His prime is way behind him. He is a player who is winding down his career and soon to land himself in the pit of retirement.

Yet none of this is entirely true.

Odion Ighalo may be 30 years of age but he still has the pace and the lethal finish which made him so fearsome in the Premier League for Watford during his previous spell in England.

He has also been tormenting Chinese defences during his time in Asia and scored some terrific goals on a consistent basis.

Ighalo has a clear eye for goal. He has the ability to find space in the opposition’s penalty box and the knack for scoring goals and unleashing some clever and improvised finishes.

In addition Ighalo is also exemplary on the ball. He has a great first touch and his pace enables him to beat defenders when he needs to. He can therefore hold the ball up and bring his teammates into play with ease.

His tall height also offers United an attacking threat in the air and that will give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his side an alternative playing style when the going gets tough.

Yes, he might not be Cavani but Odion Ighalo could still prove to be an astute signing.

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What do you think will Odion Ighalo be a good signing for Manchester United?