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Ighalo reveals his Manchester United heroes were Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole

Odion Ighalo has named Manchester United’s legendary strike duo Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole as his footballing heroes, also stating he is inspired by the club’s set up, particularly their youth development.
The 30-year-old joined United on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January and immediately hit the ground running, scoring four goals in eight appearances prior to football in England being suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Ighalo – who has supported United since a young age – initially signed on a six-month deal but has openly talked of his desire to remain at Old Trafford.
In an interview for the club’s website, Ighalo revealed he feels privileged to play for the club, highlighting Yorke and Cole as players he would imitate growing up.
“I had a lot of football heroes,” Ighalo said. “When I started supporting Man United, Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were my heroes growing up – and some Nigerian players as well like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu.
“They are great players, they were my heroes growing up and I watched them on TV.
“It is a great privilege for me to play at Man United, where great players like Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole have played.”
Asked what the most inspiring thing about Manchester United is, Ighalo revealed his admiration for the club’s youth set-up.
A number of United’s younger players have enjoyed successful campaigns, including the likes of former academy players Scott McTominay, Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenword and Brandon Williams with Ighalo clearly impressed by the club’s structure.

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