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Paul Scholes questions Manchester United's decision to sign Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua

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‘His scoring record in China was very good, but is that credible?’: Paul Scholes questions Manchester United’s decision to sign Odion Ighalo and believes striker ‘won’t start many games’

  • Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan on deadline day in January 
  • Paul Scholes does not believe the former Watford man will be a regular at United 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was eager to sign a strike due to Marcus Rashford’s injury 

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted he remains unconvinced by the club’s decision to bring in Odion Ighalo on loan.

After failing to sign the likes of Erling Haaland, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left scrambling around for a striker signing in a bid to reinforce his attacking line.

That search ended up going right down to the wire, with a deal for Shanghai Shenhua and former Watford striker Ighalo completed late on deadline day. 

Paul Scholes has admitted he is not convinced Odion Ighalo will make the grade at Old Trafford

Paul Scholes has admitted he is not convinced Odion Ighalo will make the grade at Old Trafford

The former Watford forward joined Manchester United on deadline day last month on loan

The former Watford forward joined Manchester United on deadline day last month on loan

However, 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.

‘I don’t think he’s a signing for the long term,’ Scholes told Robbie Savage’s Premier League Breakfast on BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I think his scoring record in China is very good but is it that credible? I don’t know.

Scholes (R) believes a good scoring record in China is no sign that he will succeed at United

Scholes (R) believes a good scoring record in China is no sign that he will succeed at United

‘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.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to sign a striker last month after an injury to Marcus Rashford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to sign a striker last month after an injury to Marcus Rashford 

Ighalo could nevertheless make his debut against Chelsea with the striker in line to be in the squad after completing an enforced 14-day spell away from his new side due to coronavirus fears.

The striker was made to train away from the AON Complex at Carrington, with United having taken the precaution despite the fact that Ighalo did not arrive in the UK from Wuhan, where the virus originated.

Ighalo spent three years at Vicarage Road and scored 39 goals for the club in 99 appearances.

Nigeria international Ighalo scored 39 goals in 99 games in a three-year spell with Watford

Nigeria international Ighalo scored 39 goals in 99 games in a three-year spell with Watford 

 


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