Manchester United are hoping to extend Odion Ighalo’s stay at the Theatre of Dreams but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could still lose him when the season resumes, according to ESPN.
Ighalo’s current contract is set to expire at the end of June, and, although United are reluctant to sign him permanently, Ed Woodward is willing to offer Shanghai Shenhua a new loan offer to keep him for when the season finally resumes.
Ever since he arrived at Old Trafford from China in January on a short-term deal, the Nigerian has quickly settled into life at the Red Devils, scoring 4 goals in only 8 appearances for Solskjaer’s side so far (Transfermarkt).
The 30-year-old was initially called in to provide injury cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, but he has more than stepped up to the plate, netting 2 goals in 3 games in the Europa League, taking 2.7 shots on average and registering 1.7 dribbles per game (WhoScored). He is valued at £4.68m via Transfermarkt.
Unsurprisingly, loads of United fans reacted to the transfer update online, with one fan exclaiming “good riddance,” and another pleading with the club to “sack Ed.”
Scroll through some of the mixed reactions down below…
Please SACK ED
— Manchester United (@poland_united) May 11, 2020
£20 mil? No chance
— Henry Dixon (@hennydix) May 11, 2020
Not signing a striker at all shouldn’t be a thing, but at the same time, if we do sign one, it’ll have to be an older player who has a few decent years left in them, it’ll allow Greenwood to develop and not demotivate him
— shaffy (@utd_03) May 11, 2020
sign him up, the flexibility is required to push on to win stuff, martial hasn’t been able to have a rest until ighalo was brought in
— Silver-spring 🇳🇬 (@Silvers44760930) May 11, 2020
— 💫 (@ElBeatIe) May 11, 2020
Good find a way to keep him for the end of the season then re assess the situation after. Club is finally acting smart.
— SK7 (@samkujuobs) May 11, 2020
Nothing personal to ighalo, but this is like going out for lobster and settling for a big mac surely, he’s a top lad great attitude but we need a top striker among our up and coming forwards, this is what’s needed..
— Peter Thomas (@PeterTh06677578) May 11, 2020
United fans, do you think the board have made the right decision? Let us know in the comments section!
Click here to comment on this articleor
Give us feedback on your Football Transfer Tavern experience