Odion Ighalo has hinted that he could be set to make his Manchester United loan a permanent transfer in an interview on the club’s website.
Ighalo, who moved to United on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on deadline day in January, has hit the ground running with four goals in eight appearances.
Indeed, the Nigerian’s strikes helped the Red Devils progress in the Europa League and FA Cup before the season was brought to a halt earlier this month.
He has featured in an online interview with the club and has said he is “looking forward to spending more time with the team”.
The 30-year-old told Man Utd.com: “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.”
Asked which ‘words or phrases best describe you as a player?’
Ighalo replied: “Well, many people would say he is a gentle guy but inside he is a beast.
“I am a fighter, I never give up, I go for what I believe I can achieve and I give my best, 100 per cent, no matter the outcome of the game, win or lose, I always give 100 per cent from the beginning.”
The former Watford man also revealed Dwight Yorke and Andy Cole were his inspirations growing up.
“Yeah, I would say that as a striker I watched Andy Cole a lot and Dwight Yorke. They were great strikers and scored a lot of goals.
“So I would watch their movements, the way they played, the way they created space for themselves, watching the way they met crosses behind defenders. I learned all of that and it has helped me a lot in my football career,” added Ighalo.