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Odion Ighalo explains how he joined Manchester United because of his love for the club

Former Nigerian forward, Odion Ighalo has explained how he joined Manchester United due to his love for the English Premier League club and not because of financial gains. 

Ighalo revealed this while speaking on UTD Podcast, he said he grew up in a United-obsessed house.

“When I grew up, my brother started taking me to the viewing center to watch Manchester United. That’s how I fell in love with the team, watching Manchester United playing week in, week out.

“I’m a boyhood fan of this team and I came here to play with my heart, to give everything until the day I leave.”

The former Watford hitman, 31, moved to United on loan in January 2020 from Shangai Shenhua, and scored four goals in his first four starts, becoming a fans’ favorite.

His goalscoring feats saw him break a 95-year-old record, becoming the second person after Jimmy Hanson, to find the net in his first four starts for the team.

But the Nigerian is struggling for opportunities in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in this campaign with just nine minutes of football in the Premier League so far, and he made his Champions League debut against Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month without kicking the ball.

And opportunities have become even more scarce since the arrival of Edison Cavani in October.

Former Nigerian winger Garba Lawal while commenting on Ighalo’s situation told Goal.com “When I saw Cavani coming to Manchester, I knew Ighalo is going to have a problem because you have a striker and you bring in another striker so I don’t know how that thing works.

“What I want to tell Ighalo at his age is that if he is happy to stay at Manchester, he should stay. He is not young anymore, he knows better than us and he knows what he wants, so I believe. I don’t think he wants to be playing every 90 minutes at his age, it is not possible.”

 

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