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McClaren: Ighalo Is The Perfect Number Nine For Man United 

McClaren: Ighalo Is The Perfect Number Nine For Man United 

Former assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Steve McClaren has described Odion Ighalo as the perfect number nine for the Red Devils, Completesports.com reports.

McClaren stated this following Ighalo’s impressive performance for United, after he netted two goals in their 3-0 win at Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round tie on Thursday.

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It was Ighalo’s second start since joining United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on January deadline day.

And McClaren who was part of the United coaching staff when they won the treble in 1999, said je would not be surprise if the former Watford striker feature in the Manchester derby on Sunday.

“Everybody needs a number nine. Everybody needs a target,” the former England head coach said on Sky Sports.

“There can be runners but there has to be a vocal point, Manchester United didn’t have that.

“(Romelu) Lukaku went, they’ve tried different things, false nine, it doesn’t work out, but I think with Ighalo it’s perfect because there’s lots of energy around him at the present moment and wouldn’t be surprise to see him play on Sunday.”

The 2019 AFCON top scorer has now scored three goals in six appearances in all competitions for United.

By James Agberebi

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  • Ubah 1 year ago

    Oh my God so everybody is praising ighalo now that he’s doing what he knows well,i still remember how some shameless Nigerians even said that he can’t score a goal,thank God he is doing well,i thank people like @dr drey for their support not Hippocrates

  • I will thank people like the coach of man u that knew what is needed to improve the performances of their team and went for it. . Man u waste lot of chances upfront in nearly all games. Hence a goal scorer is needed. Even with an hour to go on transfer deadline day everything was done to get ighalo not minding his race . For ighalo it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. #ighaloonegoalpergame#4manu.

  • Omo9ja 1 year ago

    I’m so happy for Ighalo. I hope coach will learn from Man U coach.

    He should study how the coach is using Ighalo and start using Osimhen and co like that.

    When you are trying to bring the best of your players, find a way to do it.

    But Oga Rohr over used Ighalo in Egypt instead of given other players like Onyekuru Osimhen their opportunity to excel but what do I know. God bless Nigeria!!!

    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      Olorun ti n fi enu omo9ja gbo Ile o. Oba Ara to n doju ti abinu eni

      Which coach should use Osimhen the way they are using Ighalo…? Are you well at all…?

      Is Osimhen, Ighalo ..? Is he the same type of striker like Ighalo…? Does he have the same playing style like Ighalo…? You are so happy for Ighalo…??

      U are a wicked soul. You are worse than a serpent. I don’t want to insult you otherwise I would have called you a fool….oga Rohr overused Ighalo in egypt…???

      The Ighalo that you said in not the type of striker SE needs…the Ighalo that u said his style of play is not useful to Nigeria…all of a sudden the coach should play other strikers like Ighalo.

      What do you know….? May you never know anything. Such wicked doublemouthed lair…!!!

      God is great indeed. That’s all I can say

      • Joel Chidi 1 year ago

        @Dr Drey I love it the way you dish it out to him. Bumper to fender #laughing in swahili

        • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

          My brother….imagine the drunkuness o.

          The coach who tweaked SE formation from 4231 after the world cup to the 433 that made Ighalo top scorer in both qualifiers and tournament proper should go and learn how to use Ighalo and teach others to play like Ighalo…???

          Hian….O di egwu o…!

    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      Omo9ja see your life outside…

      1 month ago

      “….Ighalo is not the kind of striker that will win the heart of Nigerians by his pattern of play. He is in the same class with Benedict Agwegbu. These two players were hard working strikers during their days in the national team of Nigeria but their styles of both couldn’t fit in. You people should think why Nigerians love to see Osimhen? It’s quite simple. That young man is a natural striker…… My advice also goes to Mr. Rohr. Don’t look at the club side or the leagues they are playing in but the qualities of the players…….If Westerhof and Jo were looking for top club of our ex players then, nothing wouldn’t have been called Super Eagles today. That means, he should pay much attention to lower leagues such as MLS and so on. We should look at the quality of Adi and Alashę. Those two players has qualities but I’m pretty sure that Oga Rohr will not invite them. Adi is a natural striker that needed in his team……Ighalo is not the type of striker we can rely on in the Super Eagles but I’m very happy that he was fortunate to be crowned highest goal scorer at Afcon in Egypt….”

      Omo9ja 1 month ago
      @Edoman, you are always making me laugh my lovely friend. I’m so glad that Ighalo had a great end in the national team…. He wasn’t the kind of striker we needed…..”


      Omo9ja 3 months ago
      “….Oh my lovely Ędoman, where have you been my friend? I missed you so much.
      However, I appreciate Ighalo efforts and his achievements but Ighalo is not the kind of Striker Nigeria ever needed in the Super Eagles team……I love him as a person but he is not a national team player. We had some players like that before him……For instance, Akwegbu and Indubusi or so. When we are talking about good strikers for Nigeria at the moment,
      Adi will be on the list.
      Cyriel Dessers will also make the list.
      How about Fatai Alashę?…”

      Fast forward a few weeks later….after Odion starts raining fire goals at ManU

      “…I hope coach (GR) will learn from Man U coach. He should study how the coach is using Ighalo and start using Osimhen and co like that…..”

      Olorun Ara ti n fi enu omo k’omo gbo’le oooo.

      This kind of your change will make even APC jealous. LMAO

  • GLORY 1 year ago

    Lolzzzz… it’s like even before @Omo9nijja put his finger on the first letter to start typing grigbish, triple fingers are battling to click the thumbs down.. LolZ. Very sure if CSN change the position of thumbs up n thumbs down, Omonija will get loads of thumbs up before people realized the change of position.

  • Ndubuisi 1 year ago

    I pray I should not be a hypocrite all my life. Some people here kept critisizing both Mr Rohr and Ighalo in Egypt just because he refused to bench Ighalo for osihmeh or onyekuru. Ighalo won the highest goal scorer yet they were dissatisfied even claiming he scored cheap goals. The criticism started from world cup down to nations cup. They are now changing mouth that he was over used in Egypt. What a world! Suddenly they have started praising him. Ighalo was forced to retire after the nations cup. My question is what has changed between then and now? Is he a better player now or they failed to recognise his potentials. Ighalo dear continue to shame all fair weather friends and enemies of progress. Am particularly happy with your performances as most where waiting to laugh and mock us that they told us you are finished. My younger brother came to congratulate me today for believing in you. He kept taunting me after any bad game especially during the world cup but guess what he has turned to Man U fan. I still remain a Chelsea fan but be assured I will always follow your progress in Man U. Thank you for proving us right for standing by you during trying period.

  • Who be this omo9ja? Jisos!

  • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

    Pls can anybody help me with Ighalo’s pastor’s phone number…? Pls help a brother and save a soul. I need to meet that pastor ASAP.

    The kind of blessings that pastor conferred on Odion that has made the same evil people whose poisonous tongues forced Ighalo’s premature retirement to come back to the same platform to tell coach to play others like Ighalo…… I need such blessings o…..LMAO.

    I have said it before on this forum….and it is coming to pass….that this Ighalo we malign so much, we will come back and honour him….little did I know it wouldn’t even take 1 year before it comes to pass.

    I am saying it again….mark this date and mark my words….this Rohr that we malign so much today…..we will come back and thank and honour him.

    If people like Omo9ja come come on CSN a praise the same Keshi he used to call USELESS GATHER AND PLAY coach…..then mark my works….The Almighty sparing our lives….they shall praise and thank Rohr when that time comes.

    Even if 200m Nigerians come prostrating before Odion to rescind his retirement, if he ever agrees to do so, I will hate him for life. Seriously I will. Nigerians are like that lover who dumps her/his partner when he’s times are bad, but will come back pleading when he/she experiences a breakthrough. Such kind of fairweather lovers don’t deserve a second chance.

  • Ubah 1 year ago

    Me too I need to see that his pastor too,a boy that everybody even white people has written off some even said that he can’t even find back of the net with man u shirt has made the first page of daily times and many news papers worldwide.bro Jude ighalo may God continue to bless you and me also

  • Mercy 1 year ago

    Indeed a prophet is not without honor, save in his own country. Many of these so called fans that criticize players had never kicked a stone not to talk of playing football. Ighalo abeg continue doing your thing. He who God has blessed, no man can curse. If God no build the house, the bricklayers are just wasting cement..lol Ighalo you are blessed bro!

    • Dr. Drey 1 year ago

      “…. Many of these so called fans that criticize players had never kicked a stone not to talk of playing football….”

      You have hit the spot.

      Many have never done beyond sitting in front of a TV and watching 22 people run after a round object. That’s the closest to football they’ve ever got. And that is why they always sound so abstractive, unrealistic and unreasonable.
      When you read from someone who played even the lowest level of organized footy (Sunday morning league footy), you won’t need to struggle hard to make a sense of what theyr saying.

  • Up man u….. Up ighalo!!!