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Odion Ighalo – Am stronger and experienced, Ighalo explained why he is different from Rashford and Martial

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Nigerian star Odion Ighalo has revealed the difference between himself and the other Manchester United striker.


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The 31-year-old joined the Red Devils earlier this year from Shanghai Shenhua and has scored five goals and one assist in 12 appearances.

He became the first player to score five goals in four straight starts for the Old Trafford outfit after Jimmy Hanson since 1925.

He told United Review: “Martial is very skillful, he’s a direct striker. He likes to play with the ball at his feet. Rashy likes to run in behind. I think I bring different things to the strikers we have.

“I can play with my back to goal, I can keep the ball. I’m strong so it’s different, you know, and for the different games, we play different patterns and with different strategies. So, it’s good to have different types of strikers in order to accomplish what you want.”

The 31-year-old striker further stated that he has greatly improved beyond when he was at Watford.

“I think I’ve gained more experience now and I push my game a little bit more than when I was at Watford,” Ighalo said.


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“I think I’m even stronger now than I was then and have a bit more fighting ability now to give, plus I have the experience to do what it takes on the field to score goals and to help the team. I feel I have improved from then to now.

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“You have to keep the mentality the same, work hard and take the chance when it comes.

“You play for the team, even if you don’t score a goal, you can give an assist and work for the team. That’s the most important thing because it’s a team game.”

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