Odion Ighalo has become the first Nigerian to play for Manchester United following his debut against Chelsea.

Legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright has warned former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo and teammate Anthony Martial that the arrival of Edinson Cavani could have a negative impact on their performances in training and on the field.

Wright who is an admirer of Cavani, believes he is a useful addition to the squad.

However, he expressed his concerns that there could be a knock-on effect of the Uruguay international coming through the door.

Wright compared Cavani’s arrival to a situation he experienced during his own career, when a young Nicolas Anelka arrived at Arsenal.

After a few training sessions seeing Anelka’s quality up close, Wright sensed the ‘end was nigh’ and his energy changed.

And he warned both Martial and Ighalo they could find themselves in a similar situation now they’re in contention with Cavani.


“I saw a picture of him the other day,” he said on his podcast Wrighty’s House.

“As a striker, I know Anthony Martial and even Ighalo, you see him come in… your whole energy just goes somewhere – it’s not right.

“I remember when Anelka came in. He was 17 and after the first two sessions of watching somebody of that calibre come in – and I know Cavani is of world class status now but Anelka watching him then – my energy changed because I knew that the end was nigh.

“Now I’m not saying the end is nigh for Martial and it can’t be with Cavani, with him coming in stopping the gap.”

Cavani who scored 200 goals during seven years at PSG, made his debut for United in the draw against Chelsea last weekend.

He was also in action after coming on in the 5-0 win against RB Leipzig.

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