Odion Ighalo’s Deadline Day move to Manchester United is proof the club can no longer attract the world’s best strikers, according to Eidur Gudjohnsen.Advertisement Read Also: Man United Move: It is now Eagles need Ighalo, Rohr“They needed somebody in. I think he was not their number one and I would be surprised if he was their number two or three as well.“He is getting an opportunity and he will definitely get minutes and we will see if he can do it.”Hasselbaink also says United’s struggles in the transfer market are even harder to understand after they sold Romelu Lukaku last summer and loaned Alexis Sanchez both to Inter Milan.He added: “They knew that they needed a new striker for a long time. I don’t know how much money that they have but it is Manchester United.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Former Watford striker Ighalo eventually emerged as United’s answer on loan until the end of the season, having earlier been unsuccessful in signing Erling Braut Haaland, who opted for Borusssia Dortmund, and Bournemouth’s Joshua King.Former Chelsea forward Gudjohnsen told the Transfer Talk podcast United were always going to struggle to recruit a top calibre striker during the January window.Asked how far back United have fallen, Gudjohnsen said: “It comes back to the time of the season of this [Ighalo] transfer as well. I don’t think any of the best strikers are available.” Loading… He added: “I don’t think any of the best strikers are eager to join United anymore.”Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says Ighalo, who has played in China since January 2017, is unlikely to have even been a third choice target for United.“He must be the luckiest man! Going to China, being away from Europe nobody seeing him for two and a half years since he was at Watford and then getting a loan move at United,” he said.“Wow. That doesn’t happen!“It says how far behind United are from Liverpool, Manchester City and even Chelsea. They have got a big job ahead. A largely uneventful January transfer window ended with United in a frantic last-gasp search for a striker to bolster their attacking options in the absence of injured England international Marcus Rashford.
Complacency is the watchword for Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda as the Black Stars face three countries in Afcon 2017 qualifying.The national side has been drawin against Mauritius, Rwanda and Mozambique – a group which has widely been seen as easy across Ghana.“Now every country knows how to play now so we have to focus on qualifying for the Afcon,” he said on Wednesday.Fatau has plenty experience with featuring against teams seen as lower in stature to Ghana, with the most famous perhaps being the loss to Burkina Faso in the Afcon 2013 semifinal in South Africa.All he wants from Ghana over the six games is tunnel vision.“They know that they are coming to face Ghana so they will prepare very and make every effort so it’s not going to be easy at all,” Dauda said in the interview with Metro TV. Ghana start the journey to make another Afcon with Mauritius on the weekend of June 12-14, then an away trip to Rwanda in September and finally host Mozambique in March 2016.The reverse legs will start in March and finish in September next year.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith
MANDATORY PAYOUT SPURS $5.2 MILLION IN ‘NEW’ MONEY, CREATING MASSIVE TOTAL SANTA ANITA RAINBOW PICK SIX JACKPOT POOL OF $6,558,165 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 16, 2019)–With the prospect of a mandatory payout at the end of the day, $5,297,955 in “new” money poured in prior to today’s fourth race at Santa Anita, creating a massive total 20 cent Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot pool of $6,558,165.With 8-5 favorite Tough But Nice tiring late to be third, the Mark Glatt-trained Top Brass prevailed by three quarters of a length in Sunday’s fourth, the beginning of the Rainbow Six. Owned by Drummond, Drummond and Xitco, Top Brass, a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred gelding by Arch, was off at 9-2 under Joe Talamo and paid $11.40 to win while getting six furlongs in 1:11.62.Approximate post time for Santa Anita’s ninth and final race is at 5:39 p.m. PT.No matter the outcome of today’s Rainbow Pick Six, there will be another mandatory payout on closing day, next Sunday, June 23.For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.