Paul Scholes rates Odion Ighalo after striker extends stay at Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been pleasantly surprised by the impact Odion Ighalo has made at the club as he admits he was ‘dubious’ when the striker arrived on loan in the January transfer window.

Eyebrows were raised when the Red Devils wrapped up a temporary agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for Ighalo but the 30-year-old has hit back at his doubters with four goals and an assist in his opening eight appearances.

However, the suspension of football caused by the coronavirus crisis stopped Ighalo in his tracks and the Nigerian’s deal came to an end with nine Premier League games remaining of the campaign.

But United and Ighalo put an end to the uncertainty earlier this week as the forward put pen to paper on a new six-month contract with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

‘You have to say his [Solskjaer] three or four signings have been excellent,’ Scholes told MUTV.

‘I was a little bit dubious about the Ighalo one, I wasn’t quite sure how that would work, but you have to say that’s worked as well.

‘He’s a different kind of player from the players we had, a bit more of a target man which we miss and he seems to have settled in really well, scoring goals.’

Scholes has been impressed with the job his former team-mate, Solskjaer, has done since taking over the reins from Jose Mourinho and believes the ‘future is bright’ for the Red Devils.

‘There’s so much competition for places now but that’s all part of being a Manchester United player,’ the legendary ex-United midfielder added.

‘Once you’ve got the shirt you have to try and keep it, you have to perform week in, week out and make sure the player – the good player – waiting behind to get a game that you don’t allow the manager to pick him because of your performance.

‘The future’s bright, I think Ole is doing really well, he’s got a really good attacking team. You think of the players you’ve got, the [Anthony] Martials, the [Marcus] Rashfords, [Bruno] Fernandes, [Paul] Pogba when he’s back, [Scott] McTominay – really good young players – Brandon Williams coming into it.

‘I think it’s a really exciting time.’

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