Monday Feb 17, 2020. 15:00
Odion Ighalo could make his move to Manchester United permanent if he is able to hit the ground running.
The Nigeria international joined the Red Devils on-loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season; completing a boyhood dream on transfer deadline day last month.
Although there is no permanent option included in his current loan deal, United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted that Ighalo could convince the club to offer him a permanent contract if he is able to catch the eye over the next few months.
“It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door, and if you impress, it gives you a chance. That’s exactly the same for everyone who signs,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by the Mirror.
“If it’s permanent, or if it’s a loan, if you impress as a player and a person and you can help this group improve, of course there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.
“That doesn’t just go for Odion but, since you asked, yes, his incentive is to play as well as he can and it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay, if we want him.”
Ighalo could make his United debut against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this evening.
The 30-year-old scored one goal in four matches against the Blues while on the books Watford. United currently occupy ninth place on the log standings, six points behind fourth placed Chelsea.