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Brighton vs Man Utd: How Ighalo is helping Martial improve

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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has said that Anthony Martial is learning from Odion Ighalo as he continues his development as a central striker.

Martial has often played wide in the early years of his career but has now become United’s No.9.

Ighalo, 31, has played as a striker in Nigeria, Norway, Italy, Spain, England and China.

“Odion is a seasoned No.9. He’s played that position his whole career whereas Anthony has played more out on the wing.

“Odion is helping on the training pitch, in terms of his movement, hold-up play and just being himself. Anthony is learning off an experienced centre-forward,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

Martial has already scored 19 times this season, the best tally ever in his career.

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Pogba sends touching message to Nigeria’s Nnamdi Ofoborh (Video)

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Manchester United star, Paul Pogba has sent a touching message to Nigerian and Wycombe Wanderers midfielder, Nnamdi Ugochukwu Ofoborh following his team promotion to the Championship.

Wycombe won the League One play-off final on Monday, July 13, with a dramatic 2-1 win over Oxford United at Wembley, to reach the second tier for the first time in the club’s history.

English-born Nigerian striker, Adebayo Akinfenwa, who also plays for Wycombe, first received a congratulatory message from Liverpool coach, Jurgen Klopp, who later invited him to the club’s Premier League trophy parade.

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Now, Ofoborh is the latest Chairboys player to get a message from France and Manchester United superstar, Paul Pogba.

Oforboh, on loan from Bournemouth, who played a key role in the Monday clash, pleaded for a well-done message from the Frenchman on social media, tweeting:

“I see @darealAkinfenwa getting mad replies from Liverpool players. I think this is the time to say @paulpogba i love you big time. my favourite player ever.”

The Nigeria Under-20 international later sent out another tweet, saying: ‘honestly someone must know @paulpogba and if you do, help a bro out man’.

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The World Cup winner has now granted Oforboh’s request. He filmed himself in a video saying:

“Yo Nnamdi, what’s up man? It’s your boy PP.

“I heard about you, I just wanted to congratulate you on your promotion to the Championship. I heard about your long journey, in football, and outside football. For sure, it’s not easy, it’s difficult what you did.

“I just want to wish you the best – carry on, keep it up, keep doing what you’re doing man. I’m going to be looking after you, and looking at what you’re doing until you get to the Premier League. Keep it up my G, be together, peace man.”

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Paul Onuachu tests negative for Coronavirus

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Nigeria forward Paul Onuachu will feature in a friendly game for Belgian Pro League club KRC Genk against Excelsior on Friday after he tested negative for Covid-19.

Paul Onuachu tested positive for Covid-19 last week after returning from a short break in Nigeria.

Paul Onuachu was then quarantined for a week after the test.

“By Friday he will just train with the group,” Genk coach Hannes Wolf told Het Nieuwsblad.

“Paul can also compete against Excelsior on Friday in the test match.”

The rest of the Genk squad including Nigerian duo, Cyriel Dessers and Stpehen Odey also tested negative for coronavirus.

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Obafemi Martins to replace Odion Ighalo in new Shanghai Shenhua signing

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Shanghai Shenhua have completed the signing of former Inter Milan and Nigeria forward Obafemi Martins, who returns for a second stint after playing for the Chinese Super League side between 2016 and 2018, Goal reports.

The 35-year-old forward rejoins the team as a replacement for compatriot Odion Ighalo, whose loan deal at Manchester United has been extended until 2021.

On Wednesday, Obafemi shared a video of himself on Instagram, wearing Shenhua kit with the rest of the squad, and a source close to the player has confirmed to Goal that he has been re-signed in a playing capacity.

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Having left Seattle Sounders in 2015, Martins scored 32 goals in 59 games across all competitions for the Chinese heavyweights, while playing a key role in the Hongkou Football Stadium giants’ Chinese FA Cup success in 2017.

However, he left the Shanghai-based team in 2018 after suffering a hamstring injury, and has been without a club ever since.

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Ighalo was loaned to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Red Devils on a temporary loan deal on the final day of the January transfer window as a replacement for injured Marcus Rashford.

Having impressed in his eight appearances before lockdown and the subsequent postponement of football – scoring four goals in three starts – the club extended his loan until January 2021.

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Martins’ return will strengthen Choi Kang-hee men’s attack ahead of the resumption of the Chinese Super League.

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