Manchester United have one of the most exciting young forward lines in Europe. Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood have the world at their feet. But that does not mean an experienced head is not needed at Old Trafford.
When United signed Odion Ighalo on loan, plenty of eyebrows were raised. Yet the Nigeria international was an instant hit, with four goals and one assist in just eight appearances.
The postponement of football has left Ighalo’s United future in doubt. But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should do everything in his power to keep the 30-year-old at the club. If that means a permanent deal, so be it.
According to the Sun, United will have to pay £20million if they want to sign Ighalo outright. But, given his early performances for the club, along with his Premier League experience, that should be a no-brainer.
Signing any but the most elite of strikers is a risk. There is no guarantee they will settle in a new country or at a new club. But Ighalo removes those questions immediately.
He is already settled at United. He loves the club. He is living his dream.
Yes, he may be approaching his 31st birthday, but he guarantees goals and, for £20million, he could repay his transfer fee in a single season.
The United loanee’s experience would help the development of Greenwood and both players would be happy to spend some time on the bench. In short, this is one deal Ed Woodward should secure as soon as possible.