Opinion: Popular Ighalo is so much more than a fan

Yes, he supplies all the basics asked of a United player. He burns calories, he puts himself about, he takes joy in wearing the shirt.

But it also became clear that his signing was much more clever than that. He’s not just added an extra presence to the forward line – he’s contributed variety, experience and quality.

United’s other three strikers, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, have been superb this year. The elder pair were on for their best individual seasons, in terms of goalscoring, before an injury to Rashford and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greenwood has slipped into first-team football with prodigious ease.

All three are distinct, individual talents and all three can do amazing things without any help whatsoever. But they like the ball at their feet and they like to create.

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