- Odion Ighalo is the first Nigerian star to sign for Manchester United
- The 30-year-old could make his debut for the club against Chelsea next Monday
- Former Nigeria U23 handler Fatai Amoo says Ighalo's mum has never stopped praying for him after discovering the striker over a decade ago
Former Super Eagles star Odion Ighalo became the first-ever Nigerian football star to sign for Premier League giants Manchester United.
The 30-year-old signed a six-month loan deal with the Red Devils with the hope of getting an extension if he impresses at Old Trafford.
It is unsure if the striker would make his debut for the club in their Premier League contest against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next Monday.
He has however been named in the squad for the trip to the west London side by his new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Ighalo has also been included in the Man United squad for the Europa League knockout stages campaign.
Meanwhile, Tribal Football reports that the ex-Nigeria U23 national team coach Fatai Amoo who discovered the player in the early 2000s reveals Ighalo's mother prays for him every time they meet.
The former Shooting Stars coach has not stopped praying for him, especially when her son completed his dream move to Man United this winter.
"I want to specially thank his mother for all her prayers. Whenever we meet, she prays for me as the coach who trained her son more than a decade ago.
"She prayed for me at the beginning of the year, the mother still prayed for me when her son moved to Manchester United.
"Odion is well brought up, he is from a good home, a great professional and he will surely succeed at Old Trafford."
Ighalo was a transfer deadline signing for the struggling Premier League side last month, joining Nathan Bishop and Bruno Fernandes who joined the club on a permanent basis.
Before joining the Red Devils, Ighalo spent some time at Warford scoring close 20 goals during his spell at the Vicarage Road.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United new striker Odion Ighalo has been banned from entering the club's training ground over fears of coronavirus disease.
The 30-year-old did not join the Red Devils on their winter trip to Spain due to the same concern - leaving him to train with his personal trainer.
It is left to be seen if the Nigerian star would get his debut when they clash against Chelsea next week despite bringing him to fill-in for injured Marcus Rashford until the end of the season.
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