Odion Ighalo could make Manchester United debut in huge Chelsea clash,…

Odion Ighalo could make Manchester United debut in huge Chelsea clash as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is ‘desperate to play for us’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to hand Odion Ighalo his debut in Manchester United’s crunch clash with Chelsea following the winter break.

The Manchester United boss confirmed the striker who signed on loan on transfer deadline day would travel with the squad and that they are keen to get the former Watford hitman in the team as soon as possible. 

‘Yeah, he is going to travel with us, Solskjaer told the club’s website.

Odion Ighalo signed from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for Manchester Utd on deadline day

Odion Ighalo signed from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua for Manchester Utd on deadline day

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to hand Ighalo a debut in United's clash against Chelsea

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to hand Ighalo a debut in United’s clash against Chelsea

‘We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp. We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.’

United have spent the winter break in Marbella, having opted for a warm weather training camp in the south of Spain, but Ighalo has not been included as part of the trip.

On loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua until the end of the season, Ighalo has been trying to get up to speed away from his team-mates, with his exclusion down to fears he would not be allowed back into the UK following the Coronavirus outbreak.

But Ighalo, who is a lifelong fan United supporter cannot wait to make his debut once he has proved his fitness. 

‘I’m very happy. First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it’s just like a dream come true for me, he said.

‘People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Man United, I support them. When I played against Man United, that emotion is there, because it is my dream.

‘It is a nice reality, so I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to start.’

Although he earns £330,000-a-week at Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo was more than willing to take a huge financial hit to make his dream a reality.

Sportsmail understands United have paid the Chinese side a £4million loan fee and are paying Ighalo £165,000-a-week until the end of the season – a financial hit the forward said he didn’t care about as long as the deal went through.

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