Odion Ighalo: Manchester United Complete Signing Of Nigerian Striker On Loan

Manchester have completed the signing of Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo on loan for the remaining parts of the season.

The Shanghai Shenhua forward has been brought to Old Trafford on a 6-months loan and is thought to be a makeshift replacement for Marcus Rashford who will be on the sidelines due to injury for a long time.

The 30-year-old who maintains he’s been a lifelong supporter of the club is to bolster the club attacking third options as the Red devils compete in the Premier League, Europa League and Emirates FA Cup completions.

Speaking about the loan signing, Norwegian and Manchester United gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said:

“Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us.

“A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”

Manchester United reignited their interest in the former Watford striker after their last-gasp moves for Bournemouth’s Josh King and Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki were rebuffed.

Ighalo started his professional football career back in Nigeria where he played for Nigerian outfits, Prime and Julius Berger before making a switch to Norway in 2007, where he played for Norwegian side, Lyn.

A year later the Nigerian moved to Serie A side, Udinese, from where he was sent out on loan spells to Granada on two occasions, Cesena and Premier League side, Watford.

During his time at Vicarage road with Watford, the former Nigeria International found the net an impressive 40times in 100 appearances across all competitions.

During that period, Ighalo played thrice against Old Trafford folks,  losing twice and winning once in those games having played one of those games at Old Trafford.

That impressive spell with Watford convinced Chinese Super League outfit, Changchun Yatai to make a swoop for him in 2017, before he moved to Shanghai Greenland Shenua in 2019.

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