Odion Ighalo is happy to be Manchester United’s ‘smiling assassin’ – following in the footsteps of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Solskjaer was known as the ‘baby-faced assassin’ during his glittering United career, on account of his youthful looks, which belied his devastating ability to plunder goals.
Ighalo has shown his own clinical quality on the pitch, with five goals in four starts for the Reds, and has earned praise from Solskjaer for his upbeat presence on the pitch and around the squad.
And the striker, 30, on loan until January from Shanghai Shenhua, said he is happy to use his natural positivity to help his United team-mates and help lift them when they are down.
“We have a good squad with good lads and good players, who are ready to work to give everything they have for the team,” said Ighalo.
“So it’s a privilege for me to join them, to play with these great lads – the young ones, the mature ones.
“They are good people and you see the atmosphere is always great – people are happy coming to work to do their job, smiling and all that.
“Me, I’m a happy guy, you know, I’m always around there and sharing with everyone – who is playing, who is not playing, who is down.
“We just laugh and talk about everything. I’m happy if the manager thinks I’m a great addition to the team but the squad is fantastic.
“I’m happy to always encourage the young ones as well, to push them to achieve their dream and work hard.”
*Ighalo was speaking to Manchester United’s matchday programme, United Review, ahead of tomorrow’s game against Bournemouth. Fans can order a copy of the programme by visiting www.ManUtd.com/programme