Odion Ighalo set Man Utd goals target for remaining Premier League matches
Odion Ighalo would have been a successful signing for Manchester United if he can score six goals in the remaining games of the Premier League season, says former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop. Experienced Nigeria striker Ighalo joined United on a six-month loan on transfer deadline day from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.
United were in need of striker reinforcement following the double stress fracture Marcus Rashford suffered in his back, which is set to keep him out for at least another couple of months.
The likes of Erling Haaland and Edinson Cavani were linked with United but in the end they had to settle for a late move for former Watford man Ighalo.
United are currently seventh in the Premier League table, six points adrift of the top four with 13 matches of the season remaining.
When asked how many goals for Ighalo would be a successful amount, ESPN FC pundit Hislop replied: “Let me see, how many games to go this season?
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“If he gets six goals I think that’s a success. Just under half [per game].
“The thing is, the question becomes ‘Does he start?’ and ‘Where does he start?’.
“Rashford’s injury might suggest as much but give [Mason] Greenwood a shot.
“It makes no sense as much as trying to figure out how many games he’s going to start and where those goals are going to come from.
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“Six is good, six is a good number.”
Ighalo landed in England on Sunday and revealed his move to United is a dream come true.
He told Sky Sports: ”It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I followed and dreamt of Manchester United.
“But it is a reality now. I cannot say much more now until I get started. It’s been crazy.
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“Obviously, I am happy to be in Manchester first of all.
“This is a great opportunity for me and I am grateful to God, and to my agent, and the coach who has given me this opportunity to be here.
“I am happy to be here and to work out with the team and finish very well this season.
“The plan is to just chill today because I travelled a very long way from Shanghai to Manchester.
“Today is to just rest and tomorrow we start to work.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why he saw it fit to bring Ighalo into the club.
“He is a striker, has a physical presence and is a goalscorer so he will give us a lot,” Solskjaer said.
“You would be thrilled when you have been a Manchester United supporter your whole life and you’ve been working your whole life.
“Being the top scorer in the African Cup of Nations tells you a lot about the qualities we are going to get.”
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