Odion Ighalo deserves a permanent deal at Manchester United because he has brought his "physical presence" to the side, club legend Rio Ferdinand has said.
Ighalo30 years began with Manchester United in a surprising move at the end of the January 2020 transition window from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua.
The Nigerian was signed for six month loan as a cover for the injured Englishman, Marcus Rashford.
Since joining the Old Trafford outfit and playing eight times, the former Watford striker has Crossing four goals and a sack of one assist.
There have been calls for United's leadership to hand over the Lagos-born a permanent deal with the boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, and curb the idea.
And Ferdinand, who played for United between 2002 and 2014, has joined the call for a permanent deal for the former man from Granada.
In a question-and-answer session on his YouTube channel, the former England defender said that the 30-year-old striker has the physical ability that was lacking in red devils.
While Ighalo may not have made Man United the world champions, his ball-holding ability makes him an asset to the team, Ferdinand explained.
"It has shocked me to see what he has done," said the former defender. "Listen, we're not talking like he's made Man United the world champions, but United needed something, and he brought it and gave it, and that's all you can ask for."
According to him, if Ighalo plays with Rashford and Anthony Martial, his experience will help the duo get better in the long run.
He claimed that "he has guaranteed the opportunity to come in as a full-time player and what he has given Manchester United that they do not have is someone who can give the ball in and keep it up, he has a physical presence, he can keep by a defender or two and put the ball in for someone else to score. "