Shanghai Shenhua forward Odion Ighalo who only lasted 12 minutes on the pitch before he was stretched off in last Friday’s Chinese Super League match against Tianjin Teda would return to the pitch in two weeks time, the club has revealed.

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the loan signing of Odion Ighalo gives his team another dimension to their play and also affords him the opportunity to grant intermittent rests to Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

The Norwegian coach was speaking after the Red Devils played out a 0-0 draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday, which saw them fail to capitalise on Chelsea’s 2-2 draw at Leicester City earlier in their race for a Champions League berth.

Furthermore, Solskjaer stated that United’s involvement in several competitions meant they needed an extra body in attack.


“He (Ighalo) is a different type of striker, a proven goalscorer and a physical presence,” the coach said on Saturday.

“It’ll also give us a chance to rest Mason [Greenwood] and Anthony [Martial] at times, as we’ve got so many games coming up.

“We want to go far in the Europa League, we want to go far in the FA Cup and we’ve got league games coming up, so it was important we had another type of striker to use.”

Ighalo could make his Premier League debut for Manchester United when they travel to top four rivals Chelsea on Monday, February 17.


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