‘Van Nistelrooy Does Not Show Skills,’ Odion Ighalo Reveals More Secrets

‘Van Nistelrooy Does Not Show Skills,’ Odion Ighalo Reveals More Secrets

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo prefers Ruud van Nistelrooy as a player over Robin van Persie, saying the older Dutch legend was the better goalscorer.

Asked to pick between the two Red Devils legends on a Periscope live with Juliet Bawuah, Ighalo explained: ‘I would gladly pick Van Nistelrooy.

 ‘‘Van Nistelrooy is a goalscorer. He does not show skills, he does not try to dribble and all that.

‘’He’s a position striker, like me. A striker who can run between defenders and have space. That’s the kind of striker I learn from.

‘’Don’t get me wrong, Van Persie is a good player. He scored with both feet, he does everything. But Van Nistelrooy is a striker who – when he’s fit – can guarantee you goals in every game.

‘’He runs between defenders, he can score goals, he takes his chances. So I would choose Van Nistelrooy as a proper No.9 centre-forward.’'

Asked to explain his squad number, and whether he would pick a new one, Ighalo continued: ‘’No I don’t think so. The No.25 has been giving me luck so far so why would I want to change it?

‘‘I picked it because when I joined the team that was the jersey that was available, I think that it was No.25 and No.19 – so I picked 25 because when I was in the Premier League before I wore 24 at Watford… so 24 plus one is 25 so I just picked 25.

‘’Legend like Antonio Valencia wore that shirt so it’s a privilege.

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‘’Nigerian Kanu wore the No.25 when he was at Arsenal, so it’s a great number. I just picked it and said, ‘Okay, yeh, lucky number for me.’’’

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago