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Meulensteen: Ighalo Has Done Well But Man United Need Striker Like Lewandowski

Meulensteen: Ighalo Has Done Well But Man United Need Striker Like Lewandowski

Former assistant coach to Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United Rene Meulensteen says Odion Ighalo has done well at Old Trafford but the club still need a striker like Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Ighalo has been impressive since his loan switch to United from Shanghai Shenhua.

The former Super Eagles striker has scored five goals in 11 outings in all competitions for United.

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He was  on target in United’s 2-1 win against Norwich City in the quarter-final of the FA Cup on Saturday.

But Meulensteen, who assisted Ferguson in winning the Premier League title in 2009, 2011 and 2013, feels the club need an out and out striker like Lewandowski.

The former Fulham manager also said  the duo of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can not take up the role of a striker at the club.

“First thing you talked about going out and spend on a big striker,” the 56-year-old said on talkSPORT.

“They brought Ighalo in obviously as a sought of a player that could help in certain times and he has done very very well. But if you look to the other players that have been there (Marcus) Rashford (Anthony)  Martial, they are not really out and out strikers. (Mason) Greenwood, young player coming up, same thing there.

So there is a lot of chances and goals that can be created from wide areas,(Jadon) Sancho is the same player.

“What I think Manchester United is missing is a sought of the player of the calibre of Lewandowski. 

“Somebody that is up there, can hold the line, can link play. But when it  comes to finishing play, chances in and outside the box, that is the sought of player and they are hard to come by.”

United are currently sixth on 49 points, five points away from Chelsea who occupy fourth spot.

They will hope to reduce the gap between them and the Blues  when they visit Brighton and Hove Albion today (Tuesday).

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  • Cruise 4 years ago

    Abeg Man U should sign ighalo permanently at least for a year. 

  • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

    Manchester should not forget to sign Mbappe,Messi,Ronaldo,Neymar and Salah as well. Since they need more lethal strikers to join Ighalo and co!

    • GLORY 4 years ago

      Lolzzz. Ighalo don cause real problem for these set of humans.

      • GLORY 4 years ago

        Was watching Gary Lineka n Alan Shearer match of the day analysis on Saturday night and you could just see that ” how we go come do this kind Ighalo matter” in their expression. Lineka even had to ask Shearer that question, as in “what’ve you got say about this Ighalo guy?. Lolz. Fly high Ighalo fly high high n higher Ighalogoal, there ain’t no one stopping you. God’s blessed you already.

        • Chima E Samuels 4 years ago

          This is the real Racism, why are they not treating vardy like this?

  • Omaskels 4 years ago

    D guy has done well for United.. whether dey criticize him or not..he has prove his critics wrong..Bravo Odion!

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