Premier League veteran manager Neil Warnock has revealed that Manchester United have made a mistake following the loan signing of Odion Ighalo from Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai – and that the club should have instead made a move for former Liverpool star Danny Ings.
Ighalo, 30, completed a deadline day move to the Red Devils following a loan deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until the end of the season.
It will be the Nigerian striker’s second spell in the Premier League following a three-year stay with Watford. Ighalo made the move to Viaridge Road from Udinese back in 2014 – he clocked up 100 appearances for the Hornets, scoring 40 goals whilst registering 11 assists.
Ighalo traded the PL for a lucrative move to China after agreeing a £20m [BBC Sport] move to the Chinese Super League in 2017, first with Changchun Yatai. After two seasons he moved to Shanghai Shenhua and has scored 10 times in 19 games.
He is United’s first senior loan signing since Radamel Falcao’s arrival from Monaco in 2014.
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Following the deadline day deal, former Cardiff City manager revealed that he tried to sign the Nigeria international last season but questioned whether Ighalo is the calibre of player United should be signing and questioned why Ole Gunnar Solskjaer didn’t make a serious approach for Southampton hot-shot Danny Ings.
The Englishman has been in scintillating form this season having scored 16 goals in 27 appearances under Ralph Hassnhuttl.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, Warnock said: “I tried to sign Ighalo when I was at Cardiff. His salary was over six figures a week, £100,000, something like that. His agent tells you one thing, then the other. Manchester United won’t have that problem with the terms. I’m not sure he’s the right player for United. He’s not consistent and isn’t the right type of player.
“They want young players. Why didn’t they go for Danny Ings? He’s someone similar to Marcus Rashford. It’s desperation.”
What RTK has to say
Warnock is spot-on.
United’s failings in the January window will have drawn up painful memories of past transfer failings for Liverpool over the years. The Reds too, after all, went through a phase of desperately looking for options.
It led to Fabio Borini, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli as Liverpool’s attacking firepower in 2014/15. All were big gambles who had once shown promise. All flopped miserably.
Jurgen Klopp has since proven how to flourish in the transfer market after meticulously identifying hidden gems before transforming then into the world-class performers they are today.
Liverpool have shown the value of patience in the modern market. Their recent success has led the club to a point where even the likes of Kylian Mbappe would reportedly consider them. The gulf in quality both on and off the pitch between the two clubs couldn’t be more stark.