McKenna Hails Ighalo, Fernandes Impact At Manchester United

McKenna Hails Ighalo, Fernandes Impact At Manchester United

Manchester United coach Kieran McKenna has hailed new signings Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo for making a “big impact in their own way”.

The pair arrived at Old Trafford at the end of the January transfer window and are already held in high regard among the United faithful.

Their addition to the squad has helped United stretch to a 10-game unbeaten run as they battled success on three fronts.

And McKenna feels while the two players are often spoke of in the same breath, they’ve both brought different qualities to the Red Devils side.

Asked about their instant impact, McKenna told United’s official website: “Yeah they did, and look, they’ve had massive credit and they deserve massive credit, so I think they’ve both had a big impact in their own way.

“Obviously Bruno’s been a big positive. The fans have taken to him, the players have taken to him and the staff as well. He’s a great professional, a good person and a great person to have around.

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“Odion has come in and, you know, it’s been well publicised, his passion and love for the club and that’s endeared him to a lot of people straight off the bat, but also he’s a proven goalscorer and he gives something a little bit different and adds good experience to our forward line.”

Both players have made key contributions to United in their brief time at the club, scoring seven goals between them and providing five assists.

Fernandes in particular is already being heralded as a club legend in the making, while the duo seem to have formed close ties with a number of their teammates.

And McKenna was quick to point out the work of the other United players in helping the pair to settle in.

“I think, traditionally, it’s very hard for boys to come into a club and hit the ground running, so I don’t think it’s a case that those two have been able to do it by themselves, he added.

“I think it’s testament to the group, to the spirit, to the work that’s gone on with the staff behind the scenes as well to have a good structure and good set-up in place that if they bring the right players in, like those two, it helps them to hit the ground running and show their best form pretty quickly.

“So it’s been a big boost, so big credit to them, but I think big credit to the rest of the lads as well.”

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