Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the current manager of Manchester United, is pleased to report that Odion Ighalo, who signed a loan, has already demonstrated his ability to score goals in the first training sessions as red.
The Nigerian striker joined the club from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of this season and made his scheduled debut in the closing minutes of Monday’s 2-0 Premier League victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, where he replaced Anthony Martial at the end.
The 2019 African Nations Cup top scorer showed flashes of his combative qualities against the Blues and almost scored too when a low shot was saved by Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Cabballero.
Ighalo is part of a team that traveled to Belgium for today’s Europa League game against Club Brugge and, during the pre-match press conference, Solskjaer played his cards close to his chest regarding the potential involvement of the striker in the stadium Jan Breydel.
“Well, I’m not going to tell the team,” said Ole. “But we will have to alternate with all the games we have and he is one of them that can start. We haven’t decided 100% yet.”
The issue of Ighalo’s arrival at United was then addressed by a Nigerian journalist, who explained that millions of supporters in the African country are well and truly behind the striker.
When asked to explain what qualities Odion will bring to the Reds, Solskjaer praised the different attributes he has and provided insight into the period he has been in bed so far.
“Well, for me, Odion Ighalo is a different type of striker for us,” the boss told reporters in Belgium. “He is a boxing striker; he is a scorer. We have already seen in training that he really knows his trade.
“He knows how to play as a defender and is a fantastic professional and he has already been added to the team. The boys have already learned his music, so they took him.
“So I hope he gets better quickly, because we know he’s out of season and he needs to do a little more after training most of the time and we try to give him as much time as possible.
“Unfortunately he did not score against Chelsea, he had a good chance, it would be a good start, but I am sure he will take a chance.”
Meanwhile, Odion Ighalo is on pole position for the first time at Manchester United, when the Reds visit Belgium today for the Europa League round of 16 first leg game against Club Brugge, with Emmanuel Dennis’s Nigerian duo, Super Eagles star, and Nigeria U23 international David Okereke.