Manchester United need Ighalo not Ben Yedder despite fresh rumours

Manchester United fans will be familiar with the name Wissam Ben Yedder. After all, the forward has been linked with an Old Trafford switch for a while now.

The rumours went cold, which is unsurprising considering the presence of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo. But football’s absence has seen a glut of transfer rumours rear their heads.

According to Le 10 Sport, United have contacted Ben Yedder’s agent in recent weeks to discuss a possible summer switch. But the rumour makes absolutely no sense.

With the Sun claiming it will take a bid in the region of £40million to secure a deal, any claims should be taken with a sizeable pinch of salt.

After all, Rashford will come back fit and firing next season, while Martial thrives alongside the England international. Then there is Greenwood, who is only going to get better after a fine debut campaign.

The only reason United would have in signing Ben Yedder is if they don’t extend Ighalo’s stay. And that would be foolish in the extreme.

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While the Frenchman is a risk and could take time to settle, the Nigerian knows the Premier League and has slotted seamlessly into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team.

He would cost considerably less than Ben Yedder, is a bona fide United fan and would wait patiently on the bench when necessary. You can’t say that of many top strikers.

At 30, Ighalo is only a year older than Ben Yedder and a far better option.

Even if the Nigerian does move on, the alleged target is not going to settle for a bit-part role. After all, he scored 19 goals from 31 starts this season and a contract until 2024.

This is one rumour that has no legs, no matter how many times it is repeated.

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Vincent is the Senior Managing Editor of Freshered. He was previously Head of Sixth Form at a secondary school in Kent, where he worked with hundreds of 16 to 19-year-olds over eight years.