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Berbatov backs Ighalo to fill Man Utd’s No.9 void

first_imgOdion Ighalo could prove to be a shrewd addition for Manchester United and the perfect fit for the No.9 void at Old Trafford, says Dimitar Berbatov.Advertisement The Red Devils have been lacking a dominant central striker since agreeing to part with Romelu Lukaku in the summer of 2019. Loading… Many have questioned that decision after seeing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer put faith in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford – two forwards who have tended to be used in wider roles.With England international Rashford having now also been sidelined through injury, United were left with no choice but to find another frontman in the winter transfer window.That search went down to the wire, with links to several high-profile figures coming to nothing before former Watford star Ighalo was snapped up from Shanghai Shenhua on an initial loan deal.Eyebrows were raised as that deadline-day deal was pushed through, but Berbatov feels the Nigeria international with past Premier League experience could be a useful option.The former Red Devils striker told Betfair: “I think it’s a good move for United because Ighalo has played in the Premier League, and did well with Watford, so he will know what to expect.“He’s scored plenty of goals in China and his record for Nigeria is impressive too. I want to see him play as soon as possible because I’m curious to see how he will fit in to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans.center_img Read Also: Xavi furious with Abidal after denying Barcelona offer“Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both like to cut in from the left so United have arguably lacked a natural No.9 this season. That’s what Ighalo should give them and I will be interested to see how they play with him in the side.“I liked Ighalo’s interview in which he said how happy he was to move to Old Trafford. He was so keen that he told his agent he would accept a pay cut. It’s great to see United sign a player who is passionate about the club. They need players like that.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWill You Recognize Celebs In Their Kid Photos?12 Actors Who Always Play Bad CharactersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe 10 Most Irresistible Asian Actresses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooGreatest Movies In History Since 19828 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Windies still not guaranteed of a World Cup spot against ICC lightweights – Sammy

first_imgLONDON, England (CMC) – Former Test and one-day captain Darren Sammy believes West Indies are still not guaranteed of a World Cup spot, even if they are forced to tackle ICC lightweight sides in a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year.The Caribbean side currently look likely to miss out on automatic qualification for the 2019 tournament in England, with only the hosts and the remaining top seven nations in the ICC rankings by September 30 earning direct berths.West Indies are ranked ninth on 77 points, 16 ratings points behind eighth-placed Sri Lanka.But Sammy pointed out that many of the non-Test-playing sides had improved drastically over the last year and West Indies would have to play well to earn one of the last two World Cup spots on offer in the qualifier.“Qualifying for the last two spots that’s not even guaranteed,” he said here this week.“It is difficult to beat Ireland in their condition; we just saw Scotland beat Zimbabwe so all kind of countries are improving.“Just like Bangladesh have improved and gone past us and we saw in the last World Cup where Ireland defeated us as well, so it’s a long way to go. I think with the way we structure our cricket we are not going anywhere.”The Windies shock loss to Ireland came in Nelson, New Zealand in 2015 when the minnows chased down 305 to pull off a sensational World Cup win.And last November, West Indies twice failed to beat current World number 11, Zimbabwe, in a Tri-Nations Series in the African nation, to miss out on the final.Their devastating defeat to Afghanistan in the opening game of a three-match series earlier this month in St Lucia saw them lose more points in the ICC rankings.The Windies will take on the likes of Zimbabwe, Scotland, Ireland and Afghanistan, along with sides like Kenya and Namibia, if they are forced to go through the World Cup qualifying tournament.West Indies face India in an all-important five-match one-day series starting in Trinidad and Tobago tomorrow and then take on England in another five-match rubber in September, in a quest to better their rankings.last_img read more