Odion Ighalo has thanked “brothers” Juan Mata, David de Gea and Sergio Romero for helping him settle in at Manchester United after his move from Shanghai Shenhua in January.
The former Watford striker, 30, has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, despite initial doubts over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to bring him back to England.
In his first eight appearances for United, Ighalo has already bagged four goals – including a brace away at Derby in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
And the Nigerian has credited Mata, De Gea and Romero – three players he can communicate with in Spanish – for making him feel welcome at the club immediately.
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“I have a lot of guys there who have helped me. The guys in the dressing room are very good guys,” he said during an Instagram Q&A session on Tuesday afternoon.
“The first time I stepped my feet in that dressing room – wow. There are two or three players that took me and made me feel welcome and comfortable.
“After two or three days we started living like brothers, like I’ve been there for five years, laughing together and cracking jokes together.
“Especially Juan Mata, De Gea and the other goalkeeper Romero, because they speak Spanish and I speak Spanish.”
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