Odion Ighalo: Man United boss Solskjaer confirms Nigerian star for Chelsea clash

Odion Ighalo: Man United boss Solskjaer confirms Nigerian star for Chelsea clash

- Odion Ighalo could make his debut for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Monday

- The Red Devils boss Solskjaer confirmed the news during his side's winter break in Spain

- United are currently eighth on the table with 35 points ahead of their crunch clash against the Blues

Manchester United and Chelsea renew rivalry in the Premier League next Monday as the battle for the top four hots up.

The Red Devils are currently eighth on the log with 35 points after 25 matches - six points behind the Blues who are fourth on the table.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has now confirmed that winter signing Odion Ighalo would be included in the trip to west London.

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The forward who won bronze at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt joined the club last month from the Chinese League side Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

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However, there were fears he would not be able to make his debut in the crunch clash against the Europa League defending champions due to the ravaging Coronavirus in the Asian country.

Giving that the Nigerian football star recently visited the country involved, but the team has now cleared the player to be named in the squad to faceoff with the Blues in a few days' time.

The Mirror reports that Solskjaer, while in Spain confirmed Ighalo will be a part of his team to Chelsea next Monday after their winter break.

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"Yeah, he is going to travel with us," the Norwegian said. "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."

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Ighalo has been left working alone while his new teammates are in Marbella to regain fitness ahead of the crunch clash.

The manager further stated: "I think the boys enjoyed a break - they needed a break," Solskjaer said. "But now they are back, focused and they have been working well.

"With the weather back home as well, this has been an even bigger plus for us. Being in Europe, because the travel isn't too far, is also a good point because we don't have too many days before we have to go back and get ready for Chelsea."

Meanwhile, Bruno Fernandes and Nathan Bishop who also joined the club in January are already fitting in well into the team.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has been included in the Manchester United team to face Club Brugge during the Europa League tie scheduled after the winter break.

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The Nigerian international was left out of the United squad that travelled to Marbella training camp amid heightening border restrictions.

Scott McTominay and defender Axel Tuanzebe also made it with the rest of the squad to Spain, but because Ighalo came from China, there was fear border restriction might be much tighter for his return back to the UK, hence the decision to drop him.

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