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BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has made comparison between Odion Ighalo and Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku has moved from Manchester United to Inter Milan in the summer of 2019.
Ighalo has joined the Red Devils from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan till the end of the season. The Nigerian forward is possible to end up with a permanent deal at the end of the season should he impress.
Crooks has considered Ighalo’s transfer as an example of the mismanagement at Old Trafford. When comparing the two players he said that the Nigerian player is not in Lukaku’s class and is just happy to be with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
He wrote Crooks in his BBC Sport column: “Who sells Romelu Lukaku and replaces him (if only in the short term) with Odion Ighalo? Manchester United it would appear. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sold the Belgium international to Inter Milan and now finds himself in the middle of a striker crisis having lost Marcus Rashford, his most valued goalscorer, to a rather unfortunate but avoidable back injury. Ighalo is a proven striker made very much in Solskjaer’s image. Professional, a team player and most importantly just happy to be at the club of his dreams. But the Nigerian is not in Lukaku’s class, even if he is only on loan. This latest signing comes at a time when United fans have become increasingly frustrated by their team’s lack of impact on the Premier League title race. They are playing second fiddle to their noisy but very successful neighbours City and having their noses rubbed in it by arch enemy Liverpool, who are running away with the title. It just doesn’t get any worse than that. Such extraordinary indifference by those who own the club to what is clearly a crisis as far as United fans are concerned is starting to grate. This perceived contempt by the owners to the concerns of fans has erupted into threatening behaviour towards executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, when in fact the Glazer family are to blame – and guess what? Solskjaer and Woodward have been left holding the baby.”