Man Utd legend Rio Ferdinard visits Nigeria, questions Odion Ighalo’s signing


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Manchester United legend, Rio Ferdinard has expressed reservations about Odion Ighalo’s ability to perform for the club.

The Old Trafford side signed Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month-long loan on deadline day, January 31.

But Ferdinard, 41, who is currently on a sponsorship visit to Nigeria, says that the Nigerian striker could have trouble settling in because of the quality of the league he came from.

However, he expressed hope that the player’s pedigree would help the club get needed goals.

Speaking at the Guinness Night Football Pan African extravaganza ceremony in Lagos, the ex-United star said, “I just think the difficulty obviously is that he is coming from a league that is trying to become a big-league and the quality is not the same as the Premier League.

“So is he going to be as fit as we need him to be? Is he going to hit the ground running? The difference in standard, is it going to be easy for him to adjust?

“He hasn’t played in the Premier League for two years now but his record in English football. I think it is just over one goal in two games.

“What we need in Manchester United is experience. If you look upfront, we have Greenwood (18), Daniel James, played a handful of games, and Martial. So, there is no experience there. You need somebody with some form of experience.

“He (Ighalo) has that, he is international, and he has played and scored goals for Nigeria. He has good experience in that sense. But there is still a lot of questions to be asked and time will tell.”

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