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Ighalo proves doubters wrong

It was like an April Fool’s joke to many British former players, managers and pundits when Manchester United announced that they intended to bring Super Eagles legend Ighalo to Old Trafford. But, they soon realised 2 things: 1, it wasn’t April but January and 2, Manchester United were dead serious about bringing the Afcon 2019 highest goal scorer to Old Trafford. Former Crystal Palace controversial coach Neil Warnock was among the detractors. “I’m not sure he’s the right player for United.” Said Warnock at the time. “He’s not consistent and isn’t the right type of player; it is desperation”. He observed. I remember sometime ago when the same Warnock insulted Senegal World Cup legend El Hadji Diouf when he said: “For many years I have thought he (Diouf) was the gutter type – I was going to call him a sewer rat but that might be insulting to sewer rats. I think he is the lowest of low”. Diouf for his part didn’t hold back in his response as well by saying:“Who is Warnock? He’s nothing to me. He’s not Alex Ferguson, he’s not Arsene Wenger, he’s not Sam Allardyce or an important manager. I know he doesn’t like me, but it’s the same for me too – I don’t like him.” Fast forward many years later and the same Warnock – who indeed never rose to the heights of great coaches like Alex Ferguson and Arsenal Wenger – is now being proved wrong on his initial toxic veiws on Ighalo’s move to Manchester United. Rather than reply them in the pages of newspapers verbally, Ighalo is letting his performances on the field of play do all the talking. After being an initial doubter, Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand said (in the article above): “He’s in the centre of goal and he’s a physical presence. That’s what he adds to this team.” Two goals yesterday and the manner of those goals have left many to rethink their former positions on Ighalo. Throughout his career, the former Super Eagles star had had to prove doubters wrong. From what I saw yesterday, he does not intend to stop defeating detractors on the field of play and on the pages of newspapers

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