Ex Manchester United captain Gary Neville says he is virtually speechless at the club’s late deal for Odion Ighalo.
It was a desperate move from United to bring the striker in, but one which might yet pay off.
United desperately needed a striker after Marcus Rashford got injured, and simply had to sign somebody.
Ighalo has proven Premier League experience and the deal is low risk from United’s perspective.
Neville sent a message out explaining his bemusement at how the situation reached this point, while also adding he hopes the Nigerian is a big success.
It’s possible to be both positive and negative about the Ighalo move.
United fans are relieved the club brought somebody in, and Ighalo has a decent goalscoring record.
But it is absolutely correct to ask how the club found themselves in this situation, scrabbling round for a striker with two hours left of the transfer deadline.
United have had since the summer to bring a striker in, and should have had a back up plan ready to go in case the pursuit of Erling Haaland failed, which it did.
Marcus Rashford’s injury ramped up the need for a striker, but United let it slide, until the last minute.
A more permanent striker will be needed in the summer. United need to start planning now.
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