‘Odion Ighalo Is That Style Of Striker We’ve Missed’ – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confessed the club have missed a striker like the former Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian has hit the ground running at United, scoring four goals in eight appearances.

With his deal only a loan, Ighalo is doing all he can to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku.

But United suffered in the first half of the season with no natural striker leading the line.

While discussing the Red Devils’ attacking philosophy after the 5-0 win over LASK, the Norwegian hinted at a new plan for United – and one that involves a target man.

“I am always going to be demanding that when we’ve got the ball, we will try to make the most of it. Pass forward, run forward, and be that type of football team,” Solskjaer said.

“City made it hard for us. Of course if they’d let us have 70 per cent possession, I’d take it. They won’t let you but there are loads of other teams who will let you have 70 per cent possession and we are getting players in that can play that style as well.

“You can see for example Odion, he is that style of striker we’ve missed. That is the type of striker you need in that system, that way of playing.

“Of course we are always going to try to evolve and be better and better. I’d like a team to have control of the game but you have to be able to attack quickly when you have the ball.”

Whether they bring in Ighalo permanently or target another forward remains to seen.

This article was most recently revised and updated 3 years ago

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