Scott McTominay explains why Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo are what Man Utd “need”


Scott McTominay says that new team-mates Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo have made good first impressions at Manchester United.

The Red Devils signed both players during the January transfer window as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side look to finish the season in the Premier League’s top four.

United signed Fernandes, 25, from Sporting Lisbon for an initial £47m after lengthy discussions while former Watford striker Ighalo joined on loan until the end of the season.

McTominay, who is currently sidelined by a knee injury he picked up on Boxing Day, has backed the pair to have a positive impact on the rest of the squad.

“They are really, really nice guys,” he told Sky Sports. “First and foremost they are good people. That’s what we need at this football club.

Scott McTominay has been impressed by Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo

“We need people who are good friends, obviously, who can go out for dinner for everybody as well.

“What they bring onto the pitch we have seen that, and hopefully they can bring a lot for us. First impressions are very, very good.”

Solksjaer made bolstering his attacking options a priority in January and moved late to bring in Ighalo, with the Nigerian completing the switch from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day.

And the 30-year-old, who supported United as a boy, revealed that he took a pay cut to make the move to Old Trafford.

Portugal international Fernandes joined United from Sporting Lisbon

“A few other clubs had shown interest,” he told MUTV. “I said please, just pick United, if it’s going to be possible.

“At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door and all that.

“My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen and all that you know. So they started talking and discussing.

“I didn’t sleep throughout that night, because it was going to end at 7am, Shanghai time, and the transfer [window] is going to close there.

Former Watford striker Ighalo took a pay cut to join United

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”So, from 11pm, there was paperwork, negotiating and all that, for the loan deal and all that, so we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me, but I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here.

“He said you’re going to get a pay-cut to go to United. I said I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United.

“I don’t care how much is the pay-cut, I know that, make it happen.”

Ighalo could make his debut for United when they return from their scheduled winter break and travel to Chelsea on February 17.





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