Mata backs Ighalo to shine at Man U

Odion Ighalo

Juan Mata has backed January recruits Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo to hit the ground running at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils signed Fernandes from Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon for £67.6 million, with the midfielder already providing his first assist in the 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea.
Nigerian Ighalo is on a season-long loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, and revealed he had to take a pay cut to join United.
Mata said: “We welcomed them both. Bruno is a very good player, we all know that, and a very nice guy also.
“We have been in contact a lot. He speaks Spanish mixed with Portuguese which is not very different. So he’s a good guy and I think he’s settling in very well.
“He’s found his place in Manchester [to live] and also with the help of Fred, Andreas and Diogo (Dalot) he’s enjoying it. They’ve helped him a lot.
“Hopefully he can help us in this second part of the season and I’m sure he will because he’s a quality player.”
Former Watford striker Ighalo has come off the bench for two short stints in United’s last two games, and Mata believes his time at Vicarage Road will help him settle in quickly.
He added: “Odion has experience of playing in the Premier League and hopefully he will score many goals for us from now until the end of the season.
“As the manager said, he’s a good character as well and he’s got a good personality which has fitted straight into the dressing room.
“The better he does, then the better for us – and I wish him all the best.”