Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has given an instance about Odion Ighalo’s future on his permanent deal at the Old Trafford, as the 30-year-old contract will expire on May 31.
Odion Jude Ighalo contract extension as Man United yet to reach an agreement with the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The Wales boss is pleased with the work his former team-mate is doing at Old Trafford and, during our latest MUTV Group Chat, our special guest explains the qualities that make his compatriot James so valuable for club and country.
Meanwhile, Fernandes and Ighalo have arrived as a potential leader and the signing has drawn comparisons with Eric Cantona and Robin van Persie in the past.
“Dan’s not only a talented player,” Ryan tells host Stewart Gardner, plus ex-Reds West Brown, David May, Ben Thornley, and Danny Webber. “He’s a really good character and a solid lad. He wants to improve and that’s what I’ve seen over the last 18 months.
“Every time I went to watch him at Swansea, he was getting better and better and he’s had a great start to his United career. He’s a United player as well and someone who United fans will enjoy watching. He’ll beat men, he’ll make things happen and, of course, he has that devastating speed.
“But as I said, more than that for me is he’s a really good character. I think that’s what Ole has tried to do over the last months, have some really good characters in the dressing room.”
United were on an unbeaten run of 11 games, in all competitions, prior to the action being halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. It had given real cause for optimism among the supporters and Giggs is no different, feeling the club he served with such distinction is clearly heading in the right direction.
“It was a shame we had to pause the season because we were flying,” he says. “Ole started his management with United flying, then had a tough spell, and then we were on a good run. But, like I said earlier, the players he’s got in have been really impressive.
“They’ve improved the team and the dressing room and obviously, in Fernandes, we’ve seen over the years the effect one player can sometimes have.
“You talk about the Cantonas, the van Persies… and I’m not comparing him yet to them but he’s made other players play better and he’s given everyone a lift. I still think we need four or five players but we’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Whenever the next transfer window opens, it will be hoped that Ole continues his excellent record when it comes to landing players with the right character, who improve the squad.