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How Ighalo Has Become A Popular Member Of The United Dressing Room

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

On the last day of the January transfer window when United completed the loan signing of Odion Ighalo from Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, the talks were about how United had dropped in standard to signing a 'finished' player from China.

But two months on, and the talks have changed. We are now only talking about the impact the Nigerian has had since his arrival and a possible permanent contract at the end of the season.

Such has been the instant impact of Ighalo on the pitch, but off the pitch also, the 30-year-old is proving to be a hit, even in the United dressing room.

According to the Mirror, the AFCON 2018 top scorer has integrated ‘seamlessly’ into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team and has become a popular figure amongst his team-mates in his short time in Manchester.

Ighalo has repaid the faith the club showed in him by scoring four times in his three cup competition starts since his arrival, although he is yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League, having made only substitute appearances.

The former Watford man opened his account for the Red Devils in the 5-0 thumping of Club Brugge in Round 32 of the Europa League.

He added three more in the big wins against Derby County in the FA Cup and LASK just last week in their Europa League round 16 tie.

United are believed to be on the lookout for a striker next season, despite having Rashford, Martial, Greenwood and Ighalo in their ranks at the moment.

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner and Lyon's Moussa Dembele who have impressed at the various clubs this season are rumoured to be the top candidates but the ex-Super Eagles star could still sign for the Red Devils, along with one of their top targets.

Solskjaer gave the clearest indication yet that United will sign Ighalo on a permanent transfer this summer.

"Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself,” Solskjaer said after their win against LASK.

"And he will improve and get better but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season, so let’s see what we will do.

Ighalo has shown some positive vibes and he also expressed his delight at how his United career has started.

"I am happy to be around this great team, great lads and great manager,” the forward said.

“I am happy and we are working hard.

"We know we need to win the game to go through to do important things this season and end the season well."

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