Odion Ighalo is only a back-up striker at Man United - Amokachi claims

Odion Ighalo is only a back-up striker at Man United - Amokachi claims

- Odion Ighalo will struggle to get into Man United starting XI as he is only a back-up striker at the club according to Super Eagles legend Daniel Amokachi

- Ighalo is yet to start a game for Manchester United in the Premier League

- Despite his five goals and one assist in 14 appearances for Man United, Ighalo has now found playing time at the club very hard to come by

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Super Eagles legend Daniel Amokachi believes Man United on loan striker Odion Ighalo will struggle to get into the Red Devils starting XI as he is only a back-up striker at the club.

Ighalo arrived at Old Trafford in January after Marcus Rashford picked up a back injury which ruled him out of action for three months.

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The Nigerian striker immediately hit the ground running with his outstanding performances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, scoring four goals and providing one assist in four starts.

Amokachi reveals why Ighalo is not starting ahead of Rashford and Martial at Manchester United

Odion Ighalo has been an unused substitute in Man United last two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace. Photo: Getty Images
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Ighalo has scored in every single game he has started for Man United equalling a 95-year record set in 1925 by Man United great Jimmy Hanson.

But despite his five goals and one assist in 14 appearances and a contract loan extension with the Red Devils until January 2021, Ighalo has now found playing time very hard to come by.

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He has been an unused substitute in Man United last two games against Southampton and Crystal Palace and according to Amokachi, Ighalo has to take the back seat now that both Rashford and Martial have found their scoring boots.

Amokachi told Brila FM: “Manchester United brought in Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Shenhua as a back up to then injured Rashford. Now, Rashford is back from injury and so Ighalo has to take a back seat again.

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"Our brother Odion was not loaned from Shanghai Shenhua as a starter at Man United but he has scored in the matches he started so Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may even decide that he has done well and deserves to have an extended time there, you never know.

"We cannot expect him to have more playing time than the likes of Rashford and Anthony Martial because he is only a back-up there."

Ighalo is yet to start a Premier League game for Man United, with all his nine appearances in the competition coming from the bench.

He could however be fancied to lead Man United’s attack when they take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinal on Sunday, July 19, at Wembley stadium.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Odion Ighalo has been described by Bruno Fernandes as one of the quality players in the Manchester United squad.

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Both players have been impressive for the Red Devils since they arrived at Old Trafford in January.

However, the Portugal international has identified the former Super Eagles goal poacher as one of the best legs at the club.

Meanwhile, after more than two years that he last played any competitive football, Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins has rejoined Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua to replace Odion Ighalo.

At the age of 35, fans would have been expecting the former Super Eagles star to announce his retirement, but Obafemi Martins is not yet done with football.

Obafemi Martins was last involved in a professional game in April 2018 for Shanghai Shenhua where he scored 32 goals in 59 games in what was an incredible record.

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