Man Utd missed out on star striker who didn’t want to compete with Odion Ighalo


New Napoli frontman Victor Osimhen turned down the chance to sign for Manchester United because he didn’t want to compete with Odion Ighalo.

The Nigerian was a star for Lille last term and scored 18 goals in 38 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit.

Those efforts attracted the attention of some of Europe’s heavyweights, with United among those.

But despite their efforts to sign him Osimhen opted for a £46m switch to Napoli.

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And the striker’s brother, Andrew, has revealed that Ighalo’s presence at Old Trafford was a major factor in his decision.

“It is very true that Manchester United wanted Victor,” he told  Complete Sports.

But he told me something like he had too much respect for Odion Ighalo to be competing for shirts with his senior colleague.”

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My brother holds Ighalo in high esteem and he just didn’t see himself going to Old Trafford to battle for a striking role with the highest goal-scorer at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.”

Ighalo was a surprise arrival at Old Trafford when he joined on loan from Chinese outfit, Shanghai Shenhua.

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