Why Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made Odion Ighalo transfer decision

Manchester United have decided to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan spell at Old Trafford with the Nigeria international poised to remain at the club until January. The 30-year-old has impressed in the Far East since his move from Shanghai Shenhua. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has decided to keep him around due to the many games that lie ahead.

Manchester United were criticised by many corners of the footballing world when they signed Ighalo in January.

But the Nigeria international has silenced his critics by taking Old Trafford by storm, finding the net four times from just eight appearances.

His first goal came in the 5-0 Europa League thumping of Club Brugge under the lights at the Theatre of Dreams.

Ighalo then scored a brace as United beat Derby County 3-0 in the FA Cup, ruining Wayne Rooney’s special evening in the process.

And he was also on target in the club’s last game – the 5-0 battering of minnows LASK back in March.

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Now, the club have decided to keep him around for longer.

Ighalo will be at Old Trafford until January 2021, where he’s then scheduled to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua.

And the Evening Standard say United have made the all because Solskjaer wants extra options up top, with his side still in contention for the FA Cup and Europa League.

They also have nine Premier League matches to go until the season finishes.

And Solskjaer wants Ighalo to stay and provide competition for the likes of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood in attack.

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United were left a striker short when Solskjaer made the bold call to let Romelu Lukaku join Serie A giants Inter Milan in last summer’s transfer window.

But Ighalo has filled the void left by the Belgian’s exit and is a popular member of the dressing room due to his bubbly personality.

While he’s set to stay, Liverpool legend John Barnes recently warned against a permanent transfer – claiming he’s ‘not worth the money’.

“When you think about Odion Ighalo, a proven goalscorer and has experience in the Premier League, then £20m is very good value in this market,” he said, speaking to Bonus Code Bets.

“However, if you are looking at the current situation with coronavirus and the transfer market, with a player who won’t necessarily start every game, he is not worth the money.


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“Under normal circumstances, £20m is nothing for a player in the transfer market.

“If I look at an overall player, someone who is happy to be a squad player and will help back-up players like Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, then yes, he would be a decent signing for Manchester United.”

Now United have secured Ighalo for the short-term, they can focus on other priorities.

Jadon Sancho, of Borussia Dortmund, is their top transfer target.

And they also have interest in Jude Bellingham and Jack Grealish.

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