Thursday Dec 03, 2020. 12:00
The reason why Nigerian star Odion Ighalo has been struggling for game time at Manchester United has been explained.
The 31-year-old striker, who is on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, has made just four appearances across all competitions for the English giants this season and he is yet to score.
The likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani have been preferred ahead of Ighalo by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United legend Paul Ince, who also turned out for England and Liverpool FC during his playing days, feels that the Norwegian tactician does not trust Ighalo.
“Listen, I’m sure Cavani’s done enough to warrant a start, but it depends how [Solskjaer] sees it,” Ince said on Goal.
“Cavani’s in his 30s, he can’t start every game, but what he can do is come on and make an impact like we saw [at Southampton].
Ighalo caught the eye after joining United midway through last season as he excelled in the FA Cup and UEFA Europa League and the club extended his loan deal until January 2021.
However, the Red Devils signed Uruguayan marskman Cavani at the beginning of the current seaason and his arrival has seen Ighalo fall down the pecking order in the striking department.
“Whether he can start from the beginning, I’m not too sure. I think he might want to, but he’s got options now,” Ince continued.
“When Ighalo came over from China, he was coming on for the last 10-15 minutes because he wasn’t too sure about him.
“Now he knows he can throw someone like Cavani on, 45 minutes, and he will get goals. It’s good to have those problems, that’s for sure.”
Ighalo made his Champions League debut for United when he came on in the 90th minute during the 3-1 defeat to French giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Wednesday night.