Nwankwo Kanu has no doubt that his Nigerian compatriot Odion Ighalo can fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku in Manchester United’s attack.
However, a long-term injury to top-scorer Marcus Rashford meant Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced into the market and signed Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of the January window.
“Yes he can replace him (Lukaku),” Kanu told Goal. “If you watch him play, you’d find out that he is strong and can score goals.
“What he needs is the service. In this team, I am sure his game will improve because the team has great players.
“Despite playing in the Chinese league, Ighalo is not a player you would look down on and say he is not a good player.
“I believe in him and I know he can deliver if given the chance. Bringing him to Old Trafford means that those in the club believe in his ability, and we have to respect that.
“I don’t think he will not disappoint because he will give them value for their money.”
Despite missing United's warm-weather training camp in Marbella due to concerns over the coronavirus outbreak in China, Ighalo is in line to make his debut when United travel to Stamford Bridge to face Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
Solskjaer’s men are in dire need of a victory, having already fallen six points behind their hosts in the race for a Champions League spot.