Paul Scholes questions Odion Ighalo’s quality ahead of Manchester United debut
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is not convinced Odion Ighalo has the quality to make an impact at the club but says the loan signing at least brings something different to the Red Devils squad.
The Nigeria international has arrived at Old Trafford on loan from Shanghai Shenua until the end of the season as United need cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.
Scholes recognises that Ighalo has scored plenty of goals in China – 46 in 74 games over the last three seasons – but is not sure that form will translate to the Premier League.
‘I don’t think he’s a signing for the long term,’ Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live. ‘I think his scoring record in China is very good but is it that credible? I don’t know.
‘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.’
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Ighalo will be on the bench against Chelsea on Monday night in the Premier League and could make his debut for the club as a substitute at Stamford Bridge.
As a striker you get thrown on out there and it might be hell have to come off the bench and get us a goal and he does whatever hes done,’ said the Norwegian.
After the injury to Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward and when we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was for us a goalscorer, top scorer African Cup of Nations last year.
He can help the club, he is a very professional player, good lad and will give something to the group.
I think he [Ighalo] is probably pinching himself at times, at his favourite club at the age of 30. But hes earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play.’