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Odion Ighalo has hailed Manchester United younsgter Mason Greenwood, as he compared him to former Old Trafford favourite Robin van Persie.
Ighalo has signed an extension on his loan from Shanghai Shenhua earlier this week, and has expressed his gratitude for the chance to work alongside his three fellow forwards- Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. The latter’s play style and confidence remind Ighalo of former goalscoring great van Persie, who netted 58 times in 105 United appearances.
Talking about his fellow United forwards, Ighalo told the club’s official website:
“I will start with Greenwood. He’s a very good player. I think I used to see with my eyes he’s looking like Robin van Persie. He can shoot with both feet, he’s a very intelligent player, young and is not afraid.
“Anto [Martial] is a very skilful, good striker who scores goals. Marcus [Rashford] always wants the ball. He can run behind defenders. He can come and get the ball to feet and shoot from any angle.
“These guys are very good, very young guys and I’m grateful to be playing with this set of strikers.”
Van Persie scored 26 goals to lead United to the Premier League title in Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in 2013.
Greenwood has been inpressive this season, as he has scored 14 times and provided 4 assists in 38 Manchester United appearances.