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How ‘striker’ Solskjaer is making me a better striker —Ighalo

Ole Solskjaer and Odion Ighalo

Former Super Eagles forward, Odion Ighalo has revealed how Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has impacted him since his arrival at Old Trafford.

Ighalo struck a six-month loan deal from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, and has been impressive so far with the Red Devils.

The 30-year-old, who is currently playing at his dream club, says he is becoming a better player as his manager was a former striker for the club.

“As a striker, it is good when a striker is coaching you. And, as a striker, you benefit even more than the defenders,” Ighalo said about Solskjaer in an MUTV interview.

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“He is someone who has scored goals for a long time and has done a lot for United, so it’s good to learn from him.”

He added: “When I moved to United, I learned a few things from him. During games – there was even a game I scored in, and he said: ‘You should have scored more if you do this or do that’.

“I thought about it and I know if I would have done what Ole said, I would have scored more. He says: ‘You’re a striker, take the chance’.

“So I’ve learnt a lot from him, in terms of positioning and how to do one or two things in a game.”

Ighalo is keen on continuing his stay at United, as the club is reportedly set to sign him on a permanent basis from Shanghai Shenhua at a reported cost of €15million.

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