Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has named Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke as his Old Trafford inspirations. The Nigeria international has made a flying start to life at the Red Devils since touching down from Shanghai Shenhua, scoring four goals.
“I watched Andy Cole growing up,” the former Watford star told beIN Sports.
“Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, they were two strikers at United who used to score goals
“They were very strong and scored a lot of goals.”
Ighalo also admitted that he never thought he’d fulfil his childhood dream of playing for United.
“When you say those kinds of things (about playing for United when he was a child), people say ‘are you crazy?’ because back then you don’t even know what the future holds,” the striker added.
“First you just want to go outside the country to start playing – even for a small team, not even to talk of going to United.
“But my support for the team was great.
“I tried to see every game of United every weekend if possible. I still remember those memories.
“I never imagined it was going to turn out this way. Even when I played in the Premier League for Watford, I never thought this was going to happen.”
United moved for Ighalo after conceding defeat in their attempts to sign Josh King from Bournemouth.
But he’s been worth a punt, showing he’s still capable of scoring goals despite spending the last few years in China.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had already hinted signing the 30-year-old on permanent basis.