There are so many ways of calculating how far Man United has come in the past year, but it is very well summed up by the entire situation with Odion Ighalo.
They were urgently looking for some support upfront at this stage last year and the window closed with the former Watford man’s bizarre loan transfer.
After the Covid-19 split, he soon became a forgotten man at Old Trafford and since then he has scarcely had a look-in, although a look at the current squad reveals why.
They went from throwing Ighalo on in desperation in the space of a year to seeing Rashford, Cavani, Greenwood, and Martial turn-up front, while the broader regions have plenty of young talent with the likes of Amad Diallo and Pellistri pushing for a possible sub-position of influence.
At the end of this month, Ighalo’s loan spell ends and there is no indication that it is being extended, though it starts to look like he doesn’t want to go back to China either.
This month, he was connected with a few sides on a preliminary basis with nothing appearing probable, so Target announced that he made a plea to the MLS sides to come and sign him.
It does mean that he’s only searching for clubs that can pay him a lot of cash instead of trying to make an impact anymore in one of the major European leagues, but it would be great to see him get a move that would encourage him to play again regularly.