Ex Nigeria striker, Victor Ezeji has come out to blast Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for how he has used Odion Ighalo during his loan spell at the club.
Ezeji recently revealed that benched Ighalo could’ve made the difference when Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood did not work last season, but Ole kept ignoring him.
According to him, coronavirus did not help Ighalo at Mufc, because if not for Covid, Rashford would still have been out until the end of the season.
He added that seeing how Martial and Greenwood have been playing since the restart, it has become difficult for the Nigerian striker to get back into the team.
His words, “Every coach believes in his starting 11 and to be very fair to Ighalo, the Covid situation [lockdown period] did not help him, because if not for Covid, Rashford would still have been out until the end of the season,”
“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 Martial was firing on all cylinders, same as 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 [Rashford, Martial, Greenwood] are not meeting up in some games I think he will 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 his entire confidence he has built over time.”
“If Ighalo was still having regular games to play, probably his confidence would have grown and probably Manchester United would have even tried to buy him permanently, but that didn’t happen,”
“Ighalo had to cut down his wages just to be in Manchester, but I think he has achieved his dream of playing for them, now it’s for him to look elsewhere.”