Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said that he is unsure whether striker Odion Ighalo will be involved in Monday’s crunch Premier League clash against Chelsea.
Ighalo was unable to travel to Spain with his new United teammates during the winter break due to concerns over the coronavirus, with the Nigerian having arrived in Manchester from China.
It then transpired that Ighalo had been banned from training alongside the United players while he was in the 14-day incubation period before being given the all-clear.
Speaking ahead of the clash at Stamford Bridge, Solskjaer provided the latest on whether the deadline-day loan signing will be involved at Stamford Bridge.
The manager said: “I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday, he’ll be involved with us and he will travel down with us.
“Now he’s out of that two week period, precaution and just a precaution we made and let’s see if he’s involved or not.
“We’ve kept in touch with him and of course we’ve done our own programme, he’s done his, and it was always going to be a case of him having to integrate having been out in China.
“He needs to get used to the players, and the team, up to speed as quick as he can, he’s been working really hard.
“I think he is probably pinching himself at times at his favourite club at the age of 30 but he’s earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play.”
United head into Monday’s clash six points off fourth-placed Chelsea and a defeat would put the Red Devils’ hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League in peril.
“A win gives us a three point gap, and that’s what we’ve got to aim for,” Solskjaer said.
“We’ve played them twice this season and done well. Chelsea are a good team, at home but we’re going to try and win the game.
“We’ve got to to give us more belief and more hope, we need to kick on.”
In other news, influential agent has again been commenting on Paul Pogba’s future at Old Trafford.
Pogba has not started a game for United since September amid a season blighted by two separate foot injuries.
Raiola revealed Pogba’s love for Italy having played for Juventus, as well as the World Cup winner’s desire for silverware.