Ighalo joined Manchester United in a shock transfer on the shut of the January 2020 switch window,
Lifelong Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo stated he had no hesitation in taking a pay reduce to finish his dream deadline-day change to Old Trafford, enduring a sleepless evening because the deal was hammered out.
United had been already quick in assault following the summer time departures of Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku and a again damage sustained by Marcus Rashford, making a reinforcement in the course of the January switch window of essential significance to the Old Trafford membership.
United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer checked out a wide range of choices and ultimately accomplished a late mortgage deal for ex-Watford striker Ighalo, who has joined till the tip of the season from Shanghai Shenhua.
“I’m very happy,” the Nigeria ahead informed United’s web site. “First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it’s just like a dream come true for me.
“People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Man United, I support them. When I played against Man U, that emotion is there, because it is my dream.
“It is a nice reality, so I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to start.”
Ighalo, 30, adopted Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes into Old Trafford, with the ahead calling his last-minute transfer “very dramatic”, having been knowledgeable by his agent the day earlier than of United’s curiosity.
“From 11:00 pm (2300 GMT) there was paperwork, negotiating and all that, for the loan deal and all that, so we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me,” he stated.
“But I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here.
“He said ‘you’re going to get a pay cut to go to United’. I said I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen.”
Ighalo, who would be the first Nigerian to play for Manchester United, stated there had been large pleasure amongst his household and mates.
“It was crazy because, all over the news for the last few days, is about my deal to Man United,” he stated. “Even the street I grew up on, they are doing parties, celebrating Ighalo signing for United.”
Solskjaer’s aspect are at the moment seventh within the Premier League desk, with United an enormous 38 factors behind runaway leaders and arch-rivals Liverpool.