ODION IGHALO may make his Manchester United debut on Monday night time towards Chelsea after finishing his two-week quarantine away from the remainder of the first-team squad amid coronavirus fears.
The 30-year-old, who has been cleared, hasn’t but been in a position to practice along with his new team-mates, however boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes it’s not too early for him to make an affect.
When requested if the Nigerian could be thrust straight into his crew, Solskjaer was coy.
He mentioned: “I by no means mentioned he was gonna be able to play on Monday, he’ll be concerned with us and he’ll journey down with us.
“Now he’s out of that two week interval, precaution and only a precaution we made and let’s see if he’s concerned or not.
“We’ve saved in contact with him and naturally we’ve achieved our personal programme, he’s achieved his, and it was all the time gonna be a case of him having to combine having been out in China and must get used to the gamers, and the crew, on top of things as fast as he can, he’s been working actually onerous.
“I believe he’s most likely pinching himself at occasions at his favorite membership on the age of 30 however he’s earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we are able to see him play.”
And when quizzed over the criticism that the Purple Devils have acquired over the left area signing of Ighalo, Solskjaer was having none of it.
As a striker you get thrown on on the market and it is perhaps he’ll have to return off the bench and get us a aim and he does no matter he’s achieved.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on a possible debut for Odion Ighalo
He added: “The damage to Marcus Rashford, it needs to be mentioned, we wanted one other ahead and after we received the prospect to get Odion on a mortgage that was for us a goalscorer, high scorer African Cup of Nations final yr, yeah he can assist the membership, he’s a really skilled participant, good lad and can give one thing to the group.”
And the 46-year-old drew on his personal Outdated Trafford expertise when requested if Ighalo was able to make an prompt affect: “Properly, it didn’t take me too lengthy… I didn’t have a coaching session to return on.
“As a striker you get thrown on on the market and it is perhaps he’ll have to return off the bench and get us a aim and he does no matter he’s achieved.”
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Ighalo hasn’t performed since Shanghai Shenhua’s closing sport of the 2019 Chinese language Tremendous League marketing campaign on December 1, however United followers could be heartened by his spectacular 129 minutes-per-goal ratio final season.
Solskjaer himself netted six minutes into his personal United debut again in 1996… and will probably be dreaming of the same affect from his new No20.
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