It’s funny how the tide of public opinion can turn. Goals can do that.
The one hope we had when we signed Odion Ighalo was that he is a natural goalscorer. His record everywhere he has played has been pretty good and he has now started hitting the back of the net for Manchester United.
His brace against Derby in the FA Cup means he now has three goals in two starts. He is doing what he was bought to do.
Ighalo is only just getting started. He’s already equalled Henrik Larsson’s 2007 loan tally, in seven fewer games. Don’t rule him out reaching double figures.
It goes to show how hysterical the reaction was when Ighalo signed was.
Not from United fans. The majority were a little underwhelmed, but very pleased we managed to sign somebody.
24 hours after the move we wrote a piece titled ‘Six reasons why Odion Ighalo to United works‘.
Meanwhile pundits were queuing up to deride the deal, with Paul Merson among those telling Sky the move was a ‘massive gamble’.
The gamble would have been signing nobody
United were silly not to have had an alternative to Erling Haaland on January 1, but once it got to deadline day, the club made the right move.
The real gamble would have been to sign nobody, as Tottenham fans are now finding out.
Spurs are in a similar situation to United, with Harry Kane out injured just like our top scorer Marcus Rashford.
Fabrizio Romano reported that Spurs did try and make a late move to sign Ighalo, but he turned them down being a United fan.
While Ighalo gets to work at Manchester United, looking like a proper centre-forward, Spurs are left with nobody to deputise for Kane.
It’s a scenario which could cost them a top four place, and saw them eliminated from the FA Cup this week.
Ighalo came close to bagging a hat-trick last night and while he isn’t a world beater, he’s what United need, a goalscorer who adds depth to the team.
You can see his value by looking at Tottenham fans’ current frustrations, expressed after Ighalo’s performance last night.
That should make us feel pretty good right now. Wait until Ighalo scores a winner against them on March 15…
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