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United trainer knew Ighalo was “different” the minute he arrived

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Manchester United trainer Wayne Richardson reveals how he knew Odion Ighalo was “different” from the very first minute he arrived.

When Manchester United signed Odion Ighalo from China, the team was away in Spain at a winter camp.

The Nigerian international could not travel because of early coronavirus restrictions on people who arrived from China.

Also, he was only two weeks into his preseason with Shanghai Shenhua after a lengthy break in the Chinese Super League.

United decided it was best if he trained alone for the first couple of weeks, away from the team and away from the club’s facilities.

Ighalo ended up at the GB Taekwondo center, where former United coach and now trainer Wayne Richardson is based.

Speaking to Goal, Richardson reveals how he knew straight away the United number 25 was different.

He said:

“I see a lot of players who come in with an agenda of what they want.”

“But he knew exactly what his targets were going to be and where he wanted to be.”

“From the moment he stepped through the door I knew he was a different breed.”

Richardson had strict instructions from United.

However, he admits they were not expecting too much initially, but everyone was surprised by the player and the results.

He added:

“I had regular contact with United because they wanted to know what he was doing.”

“I sent them GPS trackings, analysis reports and they were surprised with the level Ighalo was at.”

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