United performance coach says Ighalo won’t be fazed by pressure
Odion Ighalo won’t be overwhelmed by the pressure of playing for Manchester United according to one of the club’s top performance coaches who outlined the striker’s current fitness regime as he works his way to full shape ahead of his debut.
The former Watford striker was a surprise addition to the Red Devils during the winter transfer window on a six-month loan deal that saw him move from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua. The 30-year-old was added to bolster the Red Devils’ attack that has been depleted by an injury to Marcus Rashford, as well as the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez last summer.
Ighalo has been working hard alongside his fitness coaches away from Man United’s Carrington training base after arriving from China amid concerns on if he would be allowed back into the UK due to the potential tightening of border restrictions due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Therefore, he’s playing no part in United’s warm-weather training camp in Marbella.
Man United will return to Premier League action against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Ahead of the upcoming fixtures, performance coach Wayne Richardson said:
“We can always tell from the moment a player comes through the door about where their mindset is,” he told the Manchester Evening News.
“This guy has walked through the door, he is ready to work, he is an athlete.
“When he goes out there he has got the weight of Manchester United on his shoulders in terms of the shirt. I don’t think that will faze him. He’s a good honest professional athlete who knows what he has to do to get to where he needs to be.”
“There will be a lot of strength work, legs, lowers, hamstrings, flexibility and mobility before we start going into a strength based session, and then in between that we have to be mindful that he is doing football with a one-to-one coach as well.
“So just getting back into it with his crossing, shooting, different things where the football coach is considered.”