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.

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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.

Two viewpoints

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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