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Odion Ighalo | A blessing in disguise

Ighalo has been a surprise package for United since he was signed on loan from the Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua. He was only intended to be a temporary relief before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sign the striker in the summer.

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Last updated: 27.03.2020
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Ighalo has been a surprise package for United since he was signed on loan from the Chinese side, Shanghai Shenhua. The ex- Watford striker was a shock signing on deadline day in January and he was only intended to be a temporary relief before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was handed significant funds to sign a striker in the summer. He has continued to impress upfront and now has four goals in seven appearances since signing for the club. In his last match which was against LASK he continued his fine goal-scoring run with a strike that deserved to be witnessed by thousands, but alas the fixture was hosted behind closed doors. He utilized his strength well to create time and space for himself against a fairly poor LASK side.

Recently, Odion Ighalo, while addressing Man United's official magazine, has revealed that he was an immense aficionado for the club since his adolescence. The Nigerian International claimed that he had a Man United shirt. Be that as it may, the shirt didn't have any name printed at the back. Odion Ighalo guaranteed that he possessed a blue jersey, stating that they needed to pay an additional amount of money to get their names engraved on it. He added that he venerated the likes of Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke.

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With the recent coronavirus pandemic, the EPL had to be postponed. In the recent happening of events, the league is set to begin on 29th April but there might be some delays and Ighalo’s loan rundowns on 31st May, so it has been reported that’s not something that Solskjaer wants to risk and United may sign Ighalo for £15m, which is the price quoted by Shanghai. He is paid a wage of £300,000-a-week at the club.



‘He will improve and get better,’ said the United boss. ‘He has the qualities we saw in him that we needed. And we will still need those qualities next season — so let’s see what we will do.’

What was breath-taking about him is that he is ready to take a pay cut to play for his boyhood club. Ighalo knows United bosses will not push up the same salary if a deal is done — and he has no problem with that. Playing at this level again has always been a dream for him since he left Watford and being able to comeback is surely a dream come true for him.

With Rashford back by May, he might have some problems with his game time, but Ole knows when to use his talisman.


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