The Red Devils fans are still coming to terms with the deadline day deal that saw their favourite club end up securing the services of the former Nigeria international.
Manchester United completed the signing of one-time Watford striker Odion Ighalo from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day, Soccernet.ng reports. The Nigerian joins Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team on a six-month loan deal, making a return to the English Premier League, three years after departing for the Chinese Super League.
The 2019 African Cup of Nations top scorer is expected to be a short term solution to United’s striking problem, compounded by the injury to star man and England international Marcos Rashford.
Man United’s boss Solskjaer has already hailed the capture of Ighalo, calling the 30-year-old an ‘experienced’ lad.
However, a significant section of the club’s fans is stunned by the signing of a striker who netted 16 goals in 55 Premier League appearances for the Hornets during his first spell in the country. Some have taken to the social media site, Twitter, to make fun of how their darling club have moved from signing superstars to league rejects.
— GGMU Inside (@ggmuinside) February 1, 2020
Woodward has to go, failed again
— GM (@_SimplyScholes) February 1, 2020
Didn't see this coming
— Erne wears (@Jobnze) February 1, 2020
Pretty much Lukaku 2.0
— Dr Fate (@AliffAziz9) February 1, 2020
Ighalo watching Jesse Lingard in training for the first time:pic.twitter.com/mMoAdsjdgg
— ManUtdMindset (@ManUtdMindset) January 31, 2020
Another section of the club’s support base has, however, accepted the new signing and issued a rallying cry asking others to give their backing to the former Udinese forward as he tries to help the side reach their targets for the season.
— Full Time DEVILS (@FullTimeDEVILS) February 1, 2020
Give Ighalo a chance to prove himself. Last thing you want is to have a go at a player who is on a 6 month loan.
He's coming here to help us fight for Top 4. Let's back the man. pic.twitter.com/GzeDvFWMvL
— The United Link 🏆 (@TheUnitedLink) February 1, 2020
— United Zone (@ManUnitedZone_) February 1, 2020
Just look at the bench vs City.
No strikers on the bench, that's why we needed to sign someone in the window while Rashford's out.
That being said what a move it must be for Ighalo he must be buzzing.
Hope he gets a few goals and help the team for the rest of the season.#MUFC pic.twitter.com/hYvbEaSvTm
— Salvatore (@Salil_Santh) February 1, 2020
— Nxflow (@Nxflow6) February 1, 2020
You know what…. Fucking good luck to Odion Ighalo. What a move for him! Wouldn’t have been everyone’s choice, or anyone’s for that matter. But he’s here to do a job and we must get behind him. #MUFC 🔴⚪️⚫️ pic.twitter.com/snMItJOP1x
— DG⭐️ (@DillonGascoigne) February 1, 2020
Hopefully can bang a few goals in and help us get top 4, Only a positive signing imo Welcome Ighalo 🇾🇪
Some fans in the comments need to stop crying and moaning and get behind the team for once 🔴
You are United fans after all. 👍🇾🇪
— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) February 1, 2020
Ighalo’s record in England, though, is an impressive one, scoring 40 goals and registering 11 assists in 100 appearances for Watford, where he spent two-and-a-half-years.