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Speaking in a new interview with Complete Sports, his brother, Andrew Osimhen disclosed that United were interested in signing him, but since his fellow Nigerian Odion Ighalo is already at Old Trafford, Victor decided not to make the move out of respect.
‘It is very true that Manchester United wanted Victor but he told me something like he had too much respect for Odion Ighalo to be competing for shirts with his senior colleague,’ Andrew said.
“My brother holds Ighalo in high esteem and he just didn’t see himself going to Old Trafford to battle for a striking role with the highest goal-scorer at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.”
Osimhen scored three goals in eight minutes on his debut for Napoli in a comprehensive 11-0 pre-season friendly win over L’Aquila last month, but head coach Gennaro Gattuso warned supporters to be patient with their newest signing in his post-match interview.
“It’s too easy to get excited now, we’ve got to give him time and let him work, not put pressure on,” said Gattuso.
“He is an important player and we paid a lot for him, but there were no doubts he would give us something different that we haven’t had in my time here. There’s a long way to go.”
Osimhen’s first competitive outing for Napoli could come when they open their latest Serie A campaign away at Parma on September 20.