by lsaac Orieka
Ighalo grateful heart scored his first goal against Bruges and Man United gyrates to Last 16 at the Europa League. following his January 31 transfer, this year 2020, from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua, the 30-year old striker and former Undines, Granada and Lyon Oslo forward who netted 40 goals in 100 matches for Watford prior to his move to China in January 2017, Odion Ighalo is delighted to join his dream club Manchester United on a six-month loan deal during the final stages of the January transfer window.
The former Watford forward striker described his move to Man U as a dream come true.”Since, l was a kid l have always dreamed about Man United. Am grateful to God, my agent and the coach gave me this opportunity to be here. l am happy to be here to work hard with the team and finish well this season, excited lghalo revealed.’
This is not the first time the Nigerian has played in the Premier League after spending three successful years with Watford, scoring 17 goals and assisting six in the league before his move to China in 2017.interestingly after the deal, lghalo, was handed Jersey number 25,which according to agency reports was last worn at United by former club captain Antonio Valencia, who vacated the Jersey when he was released at the end of last season after 10 years of service. lghalo has worn number 9 for Chinese Super League clubs such as Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Shenhua, since he left Watford in 2017.
Former Super Eagles and Man U signing will wear touching tribute boots adorning his late sister who died recently .Odion lghalo captioned an image of the boots with the message MARY ATOLE (nee lghalo) lives forever 12-12-19.lghalo revealed in a tribute to her she died at the age of 42, December 12 last year. He suffered a personal tragedy after losing his elder sister.
Under the terms of the current agreement, lghalo will spend the rest of the season on loan with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side before returning to his former club, Shanghai Shenhua. From reports, Man U may decide a permanent deal for lghalo at the end of 2019-2020 campaign if…A delighted Man U manager, Solskjaer described lghalo as an experienced striker who can turn the tide for the club,after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer joined the Red Devils.
“Odion is an experienced player. He will come in and give us an option of a different type of center forward for the spell he is staying with us.” The coach told the official United Website.
Ajegunle was shut down by his friends and family and well wishers who celebrated lghalo with parties after his shock move to United. Even the street where he grew up (Salami street, Tolu), was also turned into a carnival unimagined. Most of his fans have decided to pitch their tent with Man U because of his cross over to the English Premiership side. United paid the Chinese club a £4million loan fee and are lghalo £165,000 a week until the end of the season. The pay cut did not deter his dream ambition of berthing at Old Trafford.
While he was originally on £30,000 a week at Shenhua, lghalo was more than willing to take a huge financial cut to actualize his life long dream. Ighalo has followed the footsteps of United heroes like Andy Cole and Dwight Yorke, whom he idolized while growing up in Nigeria. ‘I developed that love, because all my siblings are United fans’.
Odion has not played competitive football since the start of December 2019 and is currently facing a race against the clock to regain match sharpness. He is adjusting to life in Manchester city in England. Good luck to you Odion, best of the best from Ajegunle, Nigeria.