Tuesday , July 14 2020

Kanu makes bold Odion Ighalo claim ahead of Man Utd debut v Chelsea – Metro.co.uk, Metro.co.uk

Kanu has backed Odion Ighalo to replace

Romelu Lukaku as the Nigerian forward prepares to make his

Manchester United debut.

Red Devils fan Ighalo joined the Premier League giants on transfer deadline day on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The – year-old, who played for Watford between 2020 and 2020, could make his Manchester United debut on Monday evening against Chelsea.

A number of United fans were left underwhelmed by the Ighalo signing but Arsenal hero Kanu says he can replace Lukaku, who left Old Trafford last summer.

‘Yes he can replace him [Lukaku],’ Kanu told Goal . ‘If you watch him play, you’d find out that he is strong and can score goals.

‘What he needs is the service. In this team, I am sure his game will improve because the team has great players.

‘Despite playing in the Chinese league, Ighalo is not a player you would look down on and say he is not a good player.

‘I believe in him and I know he can deliver if given the chance. Bringing him to Old Trafford means that those in the club believe in his ability, and we have to respect that.

‘I don’t think he will not disappoint because he will give them value for their money.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defended Manchester United’s controversial move for Ighalo and said this week that he could sign a permanent deal with the club in the summer.

‘It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door and if you impress it gives you a chance,’ Solskjaer said. ‘That’s exactly the same for everyone who signs if it’s permanent or it’s a loan.

‘If you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, then of course there’s a chance that we’ll look at extending things.

‘That doesn’t just go for Odion, but since you asked, yes, of course his incentive is to play as well as he can. And it’s up to us to make sure that he’d want to stay if we wanted him.

‘I think he’s probably pinching himself at times, because he’s now at his favorite club at the age of .

‘Hopefully he’ll prove to you what I think he will. He’s a proven goalscorer, so he’ll do all right. ’

Manchester United will close the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to four points with victory at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

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