Solskjaer Says Ighalo Could Make Debut Against Chelsea

Manchester United gaffer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that January signing, Odion Ighalo will be making his United debut in their Premier League clash with Chelsea.

The Norwegian boss revealed that Ighalo will be included in the Manchester United squad taking a trip to the Stamford Bridge next Monday.

The Nigerian striker made a switch to Old Trafford from Chinese Super League outfit, Shanghai Shenhua on a six-month loan deal, fulfilling his life long dreams as a United fan in the process.

The 30-year-old could not join the rest of the squad at their warm weather training in Marbella over concerns that he might not be allowed back into England following concerns about the Coronavirus.

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The former Nigeria International has been taking fitness sessions under the tutelage of performance coach Wayne Richardson in Manchester, whilst also working alongside Great Britain’s Olympic Taekwondo team during the warm weather training period.

His performance coach has praised his professionalism, heralding him as one good and honest athlete who would not be overcome by the pressures at Old Trafford.

Solskjaer reveals that Ighalo could be in line to feature against Chelsea, reiterating that his fitness will be worked upon over the next few days.

“Yeah, he is going to travel with us. We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp,” the United manager told the club’s official website.

“We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.”

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When asked about how the team has been doing lately following the winter break, the Norwegian boss said:

“Yeah, it’s very good. I think the boys enjoyed a break, they needed a break, but now they are back, focused and they have been working well.

“Of course with the weather back home as well, this has been an even bigger plus for us. Being in Europe, because the travel isn’t too far, is also a good point because we don’t have too many days before we have to go back and get ready for Chelsea.”

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