Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United on loan in a deal that surprised many at the end of January.
The 30-year-old striker was brought in as a replacement for Marcus Rashford’s long-term injury for the second half of the 2019-20 campaign.
Ighalo made an instant impact with goals in the UEFA Europa League and a brace versus Derby County in the FA Cup, scoring a total of four goals in his eight appearances, with four of those coming from the bench in the Premier League.
Speaking in an interview published on ManUtd.com today, the Nigerian international has hinted that his loan deal at Old Trafford could be made permanent. The striker told our official website:
“Wow, there is a lot, there is a lot. Seeing the club from the outside you don’t know how big it is. But when you are inside you know how big the club is.
“I am inspired by the way the club is structured, I am inspired by the direction of the club, I am inspired by the development of the young players and how they are coming through from the grassroots to the first team. I am inspired by a lot of things at United, I am really inspired and I am looking forward to spending more time with the team.”
Odion Ighalo’s loan deal with Shanghai Shenhua was initially until the end of the season but a minimal transfer fee would made the transfer possible, allowing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to spend big money in much needed positions, such as a central defender and central midfielder.
A deal would make good financial sense given that signing another proven striker would cost a serious amount of cash – money that could be spent improving other areas. We already have Marcus Rashford as a proven striker for the future, whilst Anthony Martial is also capable of filling this role on his day. Ighalo is passionate about Manchester United, scored goals during half of his time with Watford and would be a very sensible rotation option.