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.
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.
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By James Agberebi