Odion Ighalo has opened up on his footballing heroes with the Manchester United forward revealing two of the club’s former greats as strikers he has modelled his game on.
The Nigerian international completed a dream move to boyhood side Manchester United during the January transfer window, signing on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua and impressing with four goals in his first eight appearances, including a stunner in the Red Devils last outing against LASK.
The forward’s public declaration of his affection for the club has seen him quickly establish himself as a fans’ favourite at Old Trafford, and the forward has named former United greats Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole amongst his inspirations when growing up in Nigeria.
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“Well, I had a lot of football heroes. When I started supporting Man United, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes growing up. And some Nigerian players as well like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu,” Ighalo told ManUtd.com when discussing his footballing idols.
“They are great players, they were my heroes growing up and I watched them on TV. It is a great privilege for me to play at Man United, where great players like Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole have played.”
He also admitted that watching Cole and Yorke helped him develop parts of his own game as a striker.
“Yeah, I would say that as a striker I watched Andy Cole a lot and Dwight Yorke,” he explained.
“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.”