Ole Solskjaer Picks Out What Makes Ighalo Better Than Martial

Ole Solskjaer hailed Odion Ighalo’s impact upon his arrival from China last month.

The former Watford striker opened his account for Manchester United in the 5-0 win over Brugge.

Solskjaer stressed on Ighalo’s qualities as a striker, which could be perceived as a slight dig at Anthony Martial.

“When you have a striker in [Ighalo]…he does what it says on the tin,” said Solskjaer. “He plays up front. We can play up to him, he can get hold of it but the goal was a good example of what you want from Odion. The ball goes over him, he spins quickly, gets himself of the centre back and taps it in. It’s what we’ve been lacking a little bit.”

Manchester United progressed to the round of 16 of the Europa League after Thursday’s win. Ighalo could keep his spot in the starting XI for the trip to Everton this weekend. Martial is a doubt due to a thigh injury.

If the Frenchman were to comeback, he could be deployed on the left flank, a position he looked more comfortable in before. Many are thrown up on where Martial’s best spot is on the pitch. While he does have a prolific finishing quality, the 24-year-old lacks some of the basic qualities expected from a number nine.

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