Solksjaer: Ighalo offers United different value
- The United boss played down the Nigerian striker was a makeshift for injured striker Marcus Rashford.
- Solksjaer on Ighalo: He offers different value from Rashford.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer says Odion Ighalo offers different value to his team, as compared to Rashford, describing the Nigerian as a striker who knows his ‘craft.’
The Red Devils pulled the plug on signing the Nigerian on the deadline day of the winter transfer window.
Ighalo became United’s first senior loan signing since Radamel Falcao’s arrival from Monaco in 2014.
While the signing had been criticised by a number of section of the English media, responding to a question from a Nigerian journalist ahead of United’s Europa League clash against Clubb Brugge, Solksjaer described Ighalo as a different striker.
“Odion is a different type of striker for us.” the former Molde and Cardiff manager said.
“He’s a bus striker, a goal scorer and we’ve already seen in training. He really knows his craft. He knows how to play as a centre forward.
“He’s a fantastic professional human being. He already added to the squad. I hope he’s going to sharpen up quickly. He needs to do a little bit extra after training most of the time and we try to give him as much game time as possible.”
Ighalo made his United derby in a league clash against Chelsea on Monday night.
Solksjaer led team won the game by 2-0, thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Captain Harry Maguire.
However, the Nigerian missed a glorious chance when he was brought in and Solksjer rued the missed chance but said he was sure Ighalo would convert future chances.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t score against Chelsea, he’d a good chance that would have been a good start, but I’m sure he’ll take his chances,” he added.
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