Solskjaer explains thinking after Man Utd confirm Ighalo loan move

Date published: Saturday 1st February 2020 7:57 - Jonny Whitfield

Manchester United have confirmed that striker Odion Ighalo has joined the club on loan until the end of the season from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

United were in need of a striker to bolster their ranks following the injury to Marcus Rashford, which left the Red Devils without a solid set of options up front.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer‘s side were linked with a host of players throughout the January transfer window but it became clear towards the end of the deadline that the club were zoning in on Ighalo.

United announced they had reached an agreement to bring the former Watford striker to the club at 12:01am on Saturday, more than an hour after the window closed.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Solskjaer provided the reasoning behind the move.

“Odion is an experienced player,” the manager said. “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.”

Ighalo has spoken in the past about his love for United, claiming it was his “dream” to play at Old Trafford.



The Nigeria international, who has 16 goals in 35 appearances for his country, scored 40 times in 100 appearances for Watford between 2014 and 2017.

The 30-year-old has also spent time with the likes of Granada and Udinese in a career spanning nine clubs, including his latest move.

As for the monies Ighalo will be receiving while at Old Trafford, the Daily Mail says that United have paid a £4million fee to sign the striker.

That contributes £100,000-per-week of Ighalo’s £300,000-a-week contract.

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