Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has declared his excitement about seeing how Odion Ighalo performs for the Red Devils.
Shanghai Greenland Shenhua forward Ighalo signed on deadline day on a loan deal until the end of the season to provide vital cover for Marcus Rashford, who is out injured until April.
Much has been made of the Nigeria international’s arrival at Old Trafford, given the lengths United went to to sign an attacking addition last month.
Ighalo is expected to play a sizeable role for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side in what remains of the campaign, with Anthony Martial the club’s only other senior recognised and fit centre-forward.
Speaking to Betfair, Berbatov revealed how Ighalo can offer something different to both Martial and Rashford.
“I think it’s a good move for United because Ighalo has played in the Premier League, and did well with Watford, so he will know what to expect,” Berbatov said.
“He’s scored plenty of goals in China and his record for Nigeria is impressive too. I want to see him play as soon as possible because I’m curious to see how he will fit in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.
“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both like to cut in from the left so United have arguably lacked a natural No.9 this season. That’s what Ighalo should give them and I will be interested to see how they play with him in the side.
“I liked Ighalo’s interview in which he said how happy he was to move to Old Trafford. He was so keen that he told his agent he would accept a pay cut.
“It’s great to see United sign a player who is passionate about the club. They need players like that.”
In the same interview, Ighalo revealed insight into the frenetic nature of his Old Trafford move, with himself and his agent up deep into the night to get the deal over the line.
Ighalo is yet to make his debut for the Red Devils but is expected to be involved after the Premier League’s winter break when United face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
In other United news, Angel Gomes reportedly had a deadline-day move away from the club blocked.
The midfielder, 19, has made six senior appearances under Solskjaer this term but is out of contract in the summer and likely to leave on a free transfer.
According to the Manchester Evening News, however, United blocked a loan move following his representatives coming close to sealing the England Under-20 international’s exit.