Odion Ighalo insists he won’t be deterred from the task in hand following the arrival of striker Edinson Cavani at Manchester United last week.
Prolific striker Cavani ended protracted speculation about his future by signing for United on deadline day. The Uruguayan hitman was a free agent following his summer departure from Paris Saint-Germain.
The 33-year-old was linked with a host of different clubs, including Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Leeds.
But in the end, it was the advice of an United old boy who convinced him to head to Old Trafford.
The signing of Cavani has come under fire from Paul Scholes, who labelled the Uruguayan’s arrival as ‘very strange’.
However, the addition of Cavani has gone down well with United’s first-team squad, according to Ighalo.
And the Nigeria striker insists he will continue to push hard for a first-team shirt in the wake of the added competition.
“It’s good for the team, for everybody to be on their toes to work hard.
“For a big team, like Manchester United, you have to have competition for players to do well. I welcome the new guys coming in.
“They will bring more challenges to everyone in the team, to work hard for their positions to play in the team.”
Ighalo arrived at United himself on a year-long loan from Shanghai Shenhua. While his deal expires in January, the former Watford man is determined to push hard for selection.
Ighalo has featured just once in their four Premier League matches so far. Cavani won’t be available at Newcastle on Saturday, but could debut against PSG in the Champions League.
Even so, Ighalo’s first-team prospects are likely to be limited further by the Uruguayan’s arrival.
Even so, Ighalo refuses to be daunted and actually embraces the challenge.
“I’m always ready,” he added. “Whenever the gaffer calls me, my idea is just to give my best in training, work hard and wait for my opportunity – to take it.
“Hopefully, I’ll just keep my head down, keep working hard every day. Come to the training ground every day and give it my best.
“Whenever the gaffer needs me, I will come and give my best.”
Ighalo ready for Newcastle test
Ighalo insists United’s non-international stars have been working hard at Carrington ahead of Saturday’s clash at Newcastle.
And the 31-year-old is adamant there’s a steely determination at United to right the wrongs of the 6-1 hammering to Tottenham.
“We are working hard and looking forward to it. We’ve been training hard,” Ighalo added.
“Those of us who did not go to the international teams have been working seriously hard.
“Everyone is in top shape and, when those who have been in the international teams are all back.
“I think we are in good heart to win the game.
“I know we didn’t start the season well so we’ll try to start from this weekend. We’ll try to win the game to kick the season off.”