Odion Ighalo reckons he has become the smiling assassin of Manchester United.
Ighalo has been loving life at United since joining them on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua in a shock move.
The Nigerian international has scored five goals in 12 appearances to help Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men challenge for a top four finish and reach the latter stages of the Europa League and FA Cup.
United bosses decided to extend Ighalo’s deal until January of next season and the former Watford ace is relishing the chance to help them lift some silverware before he heads back to China.
Ighalo admits he couldn’t be happier and is struggling to keep the smile of his face as he continues to terrorise opposition defence when he’s given the chance.
Ighalo, speaking to United’s matchday programme: “United Review,” ahead of the visit of Bournemouth, said: “We have a good squad with good lads and good players, who are ready to work to give everything they have for the team.
“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 them 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 am happy to always encourage the young ones as well, to push them to achieve their dream and work hard.”
Ighalo knows his starts will be limited considering the form of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, but believes he can offer Soslkaer’s something different to those ahead of him in the pecking order.
He added: “Martial is very skilful, he’s a direct striker. He likes to play with the ball at his feet. Rashy likes to run in behind.
“I think I bring different things to the strikers we have. I can play with my back to goal, I can keep the ball. I’m strong so it’s different, you know, and for the different games, we play different patterns and with different strategies.
“So it’s good to have different types of striker in order to accomplish what you want.”