StoryIan Wright pleased with Odion Ighalo’s impact at Manchester United

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has heaped praise on Odion Ighalo, who has made a quick impression following his loan move to Manchester United. The Nigeria international made the move to the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua during the dying stages of the January transfer window and there were definitely doubts whether he can live up to the expectations.

Ighalo has yet to score on his Premier League comeback but he has certainly impressed in the Cup competitions with three goals from just two starts. That has earned him plaudits from some of the fans and Wright is pleased with how things have gone for the former Watford man, he told Premier League productions: “I'm delighted for him because like he said he could go down to maybe fourth or fifth and the way people really killed the signing like laughing at Manchester United for signing him.

“I was hoping that Ighalo could just come in, get himself fit to a certain level, score the goals like he's done in Europe and in the FA Cup then go on to do it in the Premier League. And so far my wishes come true in respect of him scoring because when somebody does something like that the amount of people that are taking encouragement from him being there and doing that is a magnificent thing what's happening for him.”

Ighalo has featured off the bench in the Premier League in recent weeks and has not been able to make an impact. Anthony Martial has been the go-to choice to lead the attack in the top-flight but Ighalo is definitely providing valuable competition with the performances in the Cup games. The Nigerian scored a brace during the recent 3-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup fifth round and it remains to be seen whether he will be rewarded with a league start for his efforts. United are scheduled to host Manchester City in the top-flight this weekend.