Gary Neville has slammed Ed Woodward over Manchester United’s ‘desperate’ deadline day for striker Odion Ighalo.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was determined to bolster his attacking choices in the course of the January switch window and United accomplished a last-ditch deal for Nigeria worldwide Ighalo on Friday.
Ighalo, 30, scored 39 objectives in 99 appearances for Watford between 2014 and 2017 and arrives at Old Trafford on mortgage till the tip of the season.
Neville believes the Shanghai Shenhua loanee may ‘score a few goals’ for his former membership however has nonetheless slammed Woodward over United’s strategy within the switch market.
Speaking to Sky Sports forward of United’s Premier League conflict towards Wolves, Neville mentioned: ‘With Ighalo, they only wanted a physique in there with [Marcus] Rashford out.
‘I can’t let the membership off the hook although sadly.
‘[Romelu] Lukaku told us a couple of weeks ago that he told Manchester United he was going to leave in February/March, that’s 9 months to have the ability to manoeuvre and signal a striker for the long-term.
‘They’ve ended up desperately doing one on switch deadline day.
‘The boy might do well, he might come in and score a few goals but the fact the club were in that position – knowing Lukaku and [Alexis] Sanchez were leaving for many months – tells us that United at this moment in time are struggling to navigate through the transfer market smartly.’
Explaining why Manchester United pursued Ighalo, under-fire Red Devils supervisor Solskjaer mentioned: ‘Odion is an skilled participant.
‘He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us.
‘A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.’
Manchester United will hope to shut the hole on fourth-placed Chelsea to 4 factors with victory over Wolves on Saturday night.