Manchester United have brought in Odion Ighalo on a short-term loan deal from the Chinese Super League but according to Paul Merson, the 30-year-old could turn out to be a big failure.
Solskjaer did not bring in a replacement for Lukaku during the summer transfer window which did have an impact on Man United’s goal-scoring records during the first half of the season.
But as soon as Marcus Rashford was ruled out for the next couple of months with an injury, Manchester United had no other choice but to sign a new striker.
While at first, United were linked to players like Piatek and Edinson Cavani but eventually they chose to bring in former Watford striker Odion Ighalo. And this move has not gone down too well with a lot of experts.
Some fans and pundits claim that Ighalo could be the trump card which helps Man United get back into the Champions League but surely Paul Merson has his doubts.
“Odion Ighalo could be the final straw at Manchester United,” Merson wrote in his column for the Daily Star(as quoted).
“If that signing is a disaster then Ed Woodward and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are in big trouble. Don’t get me wrong.
“He could rediscover the form he once he had at Watford and be a huge success. But he could be the biggest laughing stock the Premier League has ever seen
“Only time will tell. But remember, the last time he was here he only scored once in 18 games before Watford sold him and he’ll have gotten lazy playing in China.
“I’ve heard people compare it with Henrik Larsson because nobody expected him to still be any good when United signed him either.
“But Larsson had been world-class. He had scored goals in major tournaments and won big trophies. And he still had his finishing and his movement. Ighalo doesn’t have any of that on his CV and he’s coming into a struggling team.
“The biggest one he’s ever played for.
“It’s a big ask, and if it all goes horribly wrong it will just pile more pressure on the manager because you’re always judged on your signings as well as your results.”