- Friday Ekpo is not happy with ex-Man Utd captain Gary Neville
- The former defender has cautioned the club not to sign Ighalo permanently
- Ighalo has been remarkable since arriving at the club on loan
Former Nigerian international Friday Ekpo has lambasted Manchester United legend Gary Neville over his negative comments about Odion Ighalo.
The former Watford man arrived the Old Trafford on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua on the January transfer deadline day and has impressed scoring four goals in his first eight games for the Reds.
Following his impressive performance, reports have it that United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to hand Ighalo a permanent deal, but the former club captain Gary Neville questioned the rationale behind signing the 30-year-old.
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“Is Ighalo worth £20m? Probably not in this market. He may have been if he continued scoring goals but you probably don’t need now to spend £20m,” Neville stated.
However, in his reaction, ex Nigerian international Ekpo charged that it was a very wrong comment coming from the former defender.
“The guys talking are defenders, including Neville,” Ekpo told brila.net. He clearly does not understand the value of a good striker; for a player who came in when the team was struggling and made an instant impact?
“So, I will advise Odion to make his decision based on what he really wants; is it Manchester United, Newcastle United, and Shanghai Shenhua? He should just make the best decision for himself."
Meanwhile, Ighalo has been on the edge to return to full training as he was seen training in a Cheshire Park on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Ighalo was spotted doing some drills after the government announced that the Premier League would return on June 1, 2020, with matches played behind closed doors.
The Manchester United star wore his No.25 shorts with a red shirt and a white Nike trainers in the park.
Legit.ng however reported that Ighalo has become a surprise target for Premier League side Newcastle once their £300million takeover is completed.
The former Nigerian international is currently on loan at Man United and the 30-year-old is favoured to earn a permanent deal at Old Trafford.
But the Magpies are looking to make themselves a force to reckon with in the English top-flight division next season.
United will need to pay Ighalo's parent club Shanghai Shenhua £20million to make his deal permanent but reports claim Newcastle are looking to overtake United in the deal.
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