Ighalo was initially drafted in on loan to cover for Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, although he has exceeded all expectations so far, scoring 4 goals in 8 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils.
The Nigerian’s deal is set to expire in a matter of days and Ed Woodward has failed to reach an agreement with his parent club to extend his stay in England until the end of the season.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had hoped to keep Ighalo for the remaining fixtures, but it is worth remembering the club legend has a dearth of attacking options at his disposal.
Indeed, the 30-year-old’s probable departure could provide Solskjaer with an opportunity to test the talents already available to him, including the likes of Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial.
Moreover, Marcus Rashford has fully recovered from injury, so it is unlikely Ighalo will be sorely missed on the pitch, as he failed to find the back of the net during the games he played in the Premier League. The England international has bagged 14 goals in 22 matches in the English top flight at the time of writing.
In response to this news, loads of United fans have urged the “cult hero” to accept this staggering offer, with one supporter tweeting it is a “no brainer,” and another bizarrely pleading with the board to “let him go.”
Scroll through the rest of the best reactions down below…
My guy, take the money. You fulfilled your childhood dream and you’re being offered BAGS to kick a ball. Forever a United cult hero.
— architechnology (@FIRChristian) May 25, 2020
No Brainer for Ighalo, go to China and get 350 bags a week, or stay at this mess for 100 bags?
— Zac Nicholas (@ZacNicholas6) May 25, 2020
Secure the bag, got to live his dream for a couple of months and now has the opportunity to set his family and future generations up for life. Can’t ask for more.
— A (@AmJavon) May 25, 2020
Ighalo pls go and cash out
— BBG_31™ (@Gafrey31) May 25, 2020
We can’t compete with that. @ighalojude thanks for the memories lad
— Niamh (@elitesolskjaer) May 25, 2020
Odion I love you… but go secure that bag.
— Ben (@benrf17) May 25, 2020
Let him go and secure that bag
— Anas Isah (@AnasIsah9) May 25, 2020
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