Ighalo: Andy Cole congratulated me on Man U move

first_imgManchester United forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that club legend Andy Cole gave him a surprise phone call on the morning of his move to Old Trafford.The Nigerian completed a shock loan deal to the Red Devils in January, signing a short-term contract from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua. The 30-year-old’s arrival drew widespread scepticism from supporters and the media alike, with many believing United had panicked with a move for the forward who had spent the last three years playing outside of Europe.Ighalo has since hit back at his critics, insisting that they’re the same people that are praising him now.The Nigerian has made the critics eat their words with four goals in eight appearances for the Reds and he’s revealed that a call from Cole gave him a good feeling about the move.Ighalo said: “I have a lot of memories of him (Cole).“He’s one of the best goalscorers I’ve ever seen. “He scored a lot of goals for Manchester United.“The way he finished was brilliant.“I have learned one or two things from watching (old clips).“It’s a privilege talking with Cole.“Even when I signed for Manchester United, he gave me a surprise call early in the morning to congratulate me and wishing me well even before I started training with the team. “I cherish that the most.“It’s one of those great things.“An idol like that from Manchester United before I even started kicking a ball.“I appreciated it so much.”RelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Ighalo has brought a feel-good factor to the club and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing the Nigerian on a permanent basis.Shanghai are content with allowing Ighalo to leave, but they want a fee of around £15 million.Ighalo, a boyhood United fan, recently revealed that Cole and strike partner Dwight Yorke were his heroes 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.”—Tags: Andy ColeManchester UnitedOdion IghaloOld TraffordShanghai Shenhualast_img read more