Solskjaer reveals the qualities that convinced him to sign Ighalo

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Manchester United signed Odion Ighalo on transfer deadline day during the January transfer window in what was termed as a bizarre signing by the club.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed that Odion Ighalo predatory striker’s instinct and hold-up play are the reasons why he signed the Nigerian because that’s what the team has been lacking.

“When you have a striker in [Ighalo]…he does what it says on the tin,” said Solskjaer.

“He plays up front. We can play up to him, he can get hold of it but the goal was a good example of what you want from Odion.

“The ball goes over him, he spins quickly, gets himself of the centre back and taps it in. It’s what we’ve been lacking a little bit.”

Ighalo proved himself with a goal in his first start in the 5-0 win against Club Brugge and could keep his place in the starting XI for Sunday’s trip to Everton as Anthony Martial is a doubt with a thigh injury. The Frenchman failed a late fitness test after complaining about a thigh issue.