Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has advised on when he should use Odion Ighalo when Premier League football resumes.
The former Super Eagles striker was used more sparingly by Solskjaer after the lockdown period.
He only found the back of the net once during Project Restart.
Now, former Nigeria forward Victor Ezeji has criticized Solskjaer over his handling of Ighalo, insisting his compatriot deserved more game time.
“Every coach believes in his starting XI and to be very fair to Ighalo, the Covid situation did not help him, because if not for Covid, [Marcus] Rashford would still have been out until the end of the season,” Ezeji told Goal.
“And when Rashford recovered, because of the belief Ole has in Rashford, he had to bring him back into the team.
“And then you can see that [Anthony] Martial was firing on all cylinders, same as [Mason] Greenwood, so there was no way Ole was going to drop any of those guys for Ighalo.
“But where I will fault Ole is that even when these guys are not meeting up in some games, I think he should have tried Ighalo.
“It wasn’t really nice that a player’s contract was renewed and you didn’t even allow him to play up to 20 minutes of any Premier League game.
“That is not encouraging. It makes a player lose all the confidence he has built over time.”
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