- Odion Ighalo is gearing up for his Man United debut vs Chelsea next Monday
- The Nigerian star joined the Red Devils on a short term deal from Shanghai Shenhua last month
- Andy Cole former United star expects the Nigerian forward to prove his critics wrong as a fan of the club
Nigerian football star Odion Ighalo could be handed his debut when Manchester United battle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday night.
The 30-year-old striker was a deadline transfer signing for the Red Devils who are short-staffed in the striking position.
Ole Gunnar Solskajer decided to sign the ex-Super Eagles star until the end of the season as a stand-in player for injured Marcus Rashford.
However, Red Devils' former player Andy Cole believes the forward will be out there to prove he is good enough for the Old Trafford outfit.
The Englishman is one of the few who have given the attacker a benefit of doubt after landing him from Chinese based side Shanghai Shenhua on a short term deal.
Cole insisted that Ighalo will face much more pressure at Old Trafford than he faced during his time at Watford.
The 48-year-old former striker told Goal: “He is a big supporter of the football club, he’s a fan. He wants to come here and do what he can for Manchester United, play to the best of his ability.”
Cole was skeptical when asked if Ighalo's previous experience in the Premier League would benefit the Red Devils, he said: “I would imagine so.
“He’s got Premier League experience from his time at Watford, he did well there. He made the move to China but he’s coming back to England and will give it everything he’s got.
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“Being a Manchester United fan, he will want to prove that he’s good enough for the club.”
Cole added that Ighalo might have an influence in the shaping of both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial during his short spell.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has explained that former South Africa international Quinton Fortune influenced his decision to pick jersey number 25 at the Theater of Dream.
Fortune became the first African to play for Manchester United as he represented them between 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.