McTominay speaks out over new Man Utd signings Ighalo, Fernandes

Date published: Thursday 6th February 2020 8:40

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay has welcomed the signings of Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo at Old Trafford and claims they are exactly what the club “needs”.

A long-running transfer saga and protracted negotiations with Sporting Lisbon finally bore fruit last Thursday as the 25-year-old completed his switch to Old Trafford.

Fernandes arrived to much fanfare and a fee that could reach €80million (£67.2million), but the midfielder comfortably dealt with the pressure in a promising debut against Wolves, with the midfielder spilling the beans about his first impressions of Premier League football here.

Ighalo, meanwhile, was far more of a surprise swoop; the former Watford striker signing on a six-month loan from Shanghai Shenua with minutes to spare on Deadline Day.

And while Ighalo’s move might not be the surprise last-minute swoop it was made out to be, United midfielder McTominay has revealed the duo have made a brilliant first impressions on the group.

“They are really, really nice guys,” he told Sky Sports. “First and foremost they are good people. That’s what we need at this football club.

“We need people who are good friends, obviously, who can go out for dinner for everybody as well.

“What they bring onto the pitch we have seen that, and hopefully they can bring a lot for us. First impressions are very, very good.”

Ighalo comes clean on Man Utd transfer

Speaking to MUTV, former Watford forward Ighalo has revealed the full extent of his mood as a move to Old Trafford drew nearer.

“Yeah, it was very dramatic. My agent called me the day before and said Man United. I would love to go,” the 30-year-old said.

“A few other clubs had shown interest, I said please, just pick United, if it’s going to be possible. At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door and all that.

“I said: ‘My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen’.

“So they started talking and discussing. I didn’t sleep throughout that night, because it was going to end at 7am, Shanghai time, and the transfer [window] is going to close there.

“So, from 11pm, there was paperwork, negotiating and all that, for the loan deal and all that, so we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me, but I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here.


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“He said you’re going to get a pay-cut to go to United. I said: I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay-cut, I know that, make it happen’.

“So the director and everybody didn’t know what to say anymore, because I had already made up my mind, so my agent started putting it in order, and, at 5am, we finished.

“My agent said he’d forwarded all the papers to United, they will confirm for me if everything is okay. I think, around 5-6am, he said everything is okay, it’s done.

“I was excited. I called my mum and she was happy and crying. This is your dream and all that and I’m happy for you. It was dramatic, I didn’t sleep through, I was very happy that finally, we got the deal done.”


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