‘You can’t ask for much more from Ighalo’

Odion Ighalo has done “pretty well” in his first three months on Manchester United’s books, according to Andy Cole, who thinks the striker has “applied himself” admirably at Old Trafford.

“I am really pleased with him,” the ex-United frontman said during a video call with Ighalo broadcast on MUTV.

“When you come to a club like Manchester United as a centre-forward, everyone expects you to score straight away, but it takes a little bit of time.

“And like Odion said himself, he wasn’t fit and was just coming in from pre-season in China.

“I think he has done pretty well when he has been given the opportunity, he has applied himself really well in the club and has scored four good goals, four centre-forward goals, you can’t ask for much more.”

Ighalo described Cole as one of his “heroes” growing up, while opening up on how he studied the former England international’s movements in the final third when he played up top with Dwight Yorke at the Theatre of Dreams.

“I had a lot of football heroes. When I started supporting Man Utd, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes,” he said. “It is a great privilege for me to play at Man Utd, where great players like Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole have played.

“They were great strikers and scored a lot of goals. So I would watch their movements, the way they played, the way they created space for themselves, watching the way they met crosses behind defenders.

“I learned all of that and it has helped me a lot in my football career.”