Nigerian international and former Watford forward Odion Ighalo has declared that he has always dreamt of playing for Manchester United.
The forward returned to the Premier League to charge for Manchester United arriving on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to the end of the season.
In an exclusive interview with Manchester United Television the 30-year-old revealed that he did everything to make sure the deal was a success.
“At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door and all that,” Ighalo told MUTV. “‘My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen’ and all that, you know.
“So, they started talking and discussing. I didn’t sleep throughout that night, because it was going to end at 7am, Shanghai time, and the transfer [window] is going to close there.
“From 11pm there was paperwork, negotiating and all that, for the loan deal, so we are talking and other teams are calling them, wanting me. 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.’
The 30-year-old Nigerian striker is set to fill in for injured Marcus Rashford in a feat to garner more goals for the re-grouping premier league giants.
Ighalo made 55 Premier League appearances for Watford between August 2015 and January 2017, scoring 16 goals and adding four assists.
The aging lad was named the competition’s Player of the Month for December 2015 after delivery a sparkly performance for the Hornets.
Ighalo made a move to Changchun Yatai where he made 55 appearance and scored 36 goals before heading to Shanghai Shenhua where he has since played 17 matches and netted 10 goals.
Despite him having flaws in ball holding, offside awareness, aeriel duel and passing the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Golden Boot winner is much sober in ball finishing a thing which United dearly need.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has since backed the signing of the Nigerian international opining that he will be of much help with Rashford set for the sidelines due to a long-term injury.
“It was very important,” Solskjaer told MUTV. “I thought, with Marcus [Rashford] out for so long, the demands on Anthony [Martial] and Mason [Greenwood] would be high. We get an experienced goalscorer, top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations last season. He’s a man with a big smile, a great personality and a big Manchester United fan.
”Not only was he top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations but I know him from way back when he was in Norway 10-12 years ago. His career has developed and he gives us a different option up front.