Manchester United confirmed signing Odion Ighalo on loan from Shanghai Shenhua on Friday and the striker has thus created history by becoming the first Nigerian to play for the club.
Man Utd fans have a mixed feeling about it though. It seems likely that the Red Devils signed Ighalo in a last-ditch attempt to get reinforcement for injured Marcus Rashford as they were not able to sign any of their primary striking options.
England is not new for the Nigerian international though as he previously spent two-and-a-half-years at Watford before moving to Asia.
The player would be making his Premier League return after three years in China and will be working hard to bring Manchester United in contention for the Champions League. It’s not going to be easy though.
United announced the signing of the former Nigeria international on transfer deadline day, following the long-term injury sustained by Marcus Rashford which could rule the forward out of action for three months.
✍ #MUFC can confirm that Odion Ighalo will join us on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.
Welcome, Odion! 🔴
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 1, 2020
Following the loan move, United fans took to Twitter to express their feelings:
Manchester Utd get Bruno Fernandes and Ighalo 😊👍 Meanwhile, Chelsea fought hard to overturn their transfer ban…….only to not sign any players at all🤦🙈😂 pic.twitter.com/uXWvk1GXMs
— 🇾🇪Gaz👽 (@gurnzy82) February 1, 2020
Ighalo gonna do bits don’t @ me #GGMU
— Chelsie (@chelsiejsparks) February 1, 2020
A lot of whinging on my time line personally I am happy we needed a midfielder and a forward and got both.
Bruno is the one I wanted ighalo was a surprise.
So far Ole has not brought real dross compared to previous managers.
So let's have a go at 4th place #upfr
— P.J (@pjstretfordend) February 1, 2020
For Premier League:
Apps: 82 Goals: 33
Apps: 82 Goals: 32
— Man United in Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) February 1, 2020
Ighalo is not a tier1 striker but he can always bring in results. Welcome to the Theater of Dreams, Odion. pic.twitter.com/ULEpLyBcOI
— 🐐🐐 Town Crier (@Mr_Fowowe) February 1, 2020
Odion Ighalo has just signed for the club of his dreams and has also just become the first ever Nigerian to ever play for Manchester United. He must be buzzing right now. Really happy for him. 🇳🇬🔴
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) February 1, 2020
— shanba,lee (@ChibykMartins) February 1, 2020
— Michael OJ. (@mrmicheal_) January 31, 2020