Thursday Jan 28, 2021. 09:01
Odion Ighalo has penned an emotional farewell to Manchester United after his loan deal with the Premier League club came to an end.
The Nigerian forward has returned to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua following 12 months at Old Trafford. Ighalo, 31, scored five goals in 23 appearances for the club he supported as a boy, the best of which came in a 5-0 win over LASK in March last year (watch below).
“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end,” Ighalo wrote on Instagram. “But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.
“To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not. To my amazing team-mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time I look forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the league and FA Cup this year.
“To the best fans in the world (the Manchester United fans) we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back on the stands.
“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red.
“Thank you @manchesterunited and God bless.”
Relive Ighalo’s incredible strike versus LASK in the Europa League, here: