- Odion Ighalo has stated that Quinton Fortune influenced his decision to pick jersey number 25 at Man United
- Ighalo added that joining Manchester United is the happiest moment of his football career
- He is now expected to lead Manchester United attack since Marcus Rashford is injured.
Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo has explained that former South Africa international Quinton Fortune influenced his decision to pick jersey number 25 at the Theater of Dream.
Quinton Fortune is the first African footballer to play for Manchester United and he was at Old Trafford between the year 1999 and 2006.
He used the number 25 jersey during his days at Manchester United.
Odion Ighalo explained that he used to watch Quinton Fortune during his active playing time stressing that he was a great player.
The former Udinese and Watford striker spent two seasons in the Chinese Super League before joining Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
While speaking with the Red Devils' website, he explained that although he did not get the number he was looking for at Old Trafford, but he is satisfied with 25.
“Yeah, because I watched Quinton Fortune played for Man United, he was a great player and I know he put on the number 25, so I said to myself that number 25 is good,” Odion explained.
Manchester United chiefs decided to sign Odion Ighalo when Marcus Rashford got injured and Jesse Lingard struggling this term.
The Red Devils are currently occupying seventh position on the Premier League standings with 35 points after 25 games played this term.
Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Odion Ighalo described his Manchester United move as a dream come true after his unveiling at Old Trafford on Tuesday, February 4.
In his first interview with Manchester United media crew, the Nigerian striker lifted the lids about his ''love affair" with the Premier League side, saying he grew up admiring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side in his Ajegunle slum.
The former Prime FC of Osogbo striker is not new in the Premier League having played for Watford before he left for the Chinese Super League.
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