Odion Ighalo signed for Manchester United on deadline day in a surprise loan move.

It was crucial for United to get a new striker in, and while the Nigerian forward has to prove himself, it is a positive to have him on board.

In particular his signing helps out four Manchester United players.

Here is a look at the four big winners from Ighalo’s arrival…

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Anthony Martial

It would be easy to dress this up as a negative for Martial. It may not reflect well on the Frenchman if Ighalo outperforms him.

But we are choosing to look on the positive side: Ighalo’s arrival makes his job easier.

It takes the pressure off, and will give him more rest. Competition could also bring out the best in him.

Igahlo can play up front as a pair too. His best spell in the Premier League came alongside Troy Deeney at Watford.

Martial may enjoy playing with him. It would be great to have a proper partnership at Old Trafford with both players scoring goals.

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Mason Greenwood

Ighalo’s arrival is crucial for Mason Greenwood. The young striker has looked like he has hit the wall in the past couple of weeks.

Any injury to Martial would leave Greenwood as United’s only forward, in multiple competitions.

This could have been disastrous for him both in the short term and long term.

Ighalo’s arrival gives United insurance, and Greenwood will not be overplayed.

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Marcus Rashford

You just know Marcus Rashford will be pushing himself to get back from his back injury as quickly as possible.

Injuries or loss of form to Martial or Greenwood could result in Rashford pushing himself to return too quickly.

Ighalo’s presence will mean United do not have to rush Rashford, and he will not feel like the club’s season weighs on his return date.

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United’s right-back has shown he is a top defensive talent this season since his £50 million summer move, but his attacking game needs a bit of work.

His crossing is actually a lot better than he is given credit for, but the problem at present is he has nobody to aim for.

Anthony Martial goes walkabout, dropping deep, drifting wide, and is hardly a proficient header of the ball in any case.

Odion Ighalo is a more defined central striker, and will be a presence in the box for Wan-Bissaka to target.

It will really help the young right-back to have Ighalo to create chances for, and with a few assists, his reputation will be enhanced.

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