Odion Ighalo: Ezeji expresses sadness over Solskjaer not giving Nigerian enough chance

Odion Ighalo: Ezeji expresses sadness over Solskjaer not giving Nigerian enough chance

- Odion Ighalo joined Manchester United in January in a dream move for the Nigerian

- Victor Ezeji has slammed Ole Solskjaer for not giving the Nigerian enough chance

- Ighalo did not start any game for Manchester United last season in the Premier League

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Nigerian football legend Victor Ezeji has expressed disappointed over Manchester United coach Ole Solskjaer not giving Odion Ighalo enough chance to play at Old Trafford.

Manchester United signed Odion Ighalo in January this year from Shanghai Shenhua as a replacement for Marcus Rashford who was injured then.

The arrival of the former Super Eagles striker raised eyebrow at Old Trafford, but Odion Ighalo proved himself to Manchester United coach Solskjaer and fans.

Odion Ighalo scored five goals for Manchester United in eight games in the Europa League and FA Cup to the delight of the club's fans.

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But despite that form, the Nigerian did not play more than 20 minutes for Manchester United in any Premier League game.

Solskjaer decided to keep faith on Anthony Martial and the return of Marcus Rashford also affected Odion Ighalo in starting any Premier League game.

“It wasn’t really nice that a player’s contract was renewed and you didn’t even allow him to play up to 20 minutes of any Premier League game.

''That is not encouraging. It makes a player lose all the confidence he has built over time.

“Ighalo had to cut down his wages just to be in Manchester. I think he has achieved his dream of playing for them, but now it’s for him to look elsewhere,'' Victor Ezeji explained to GOAL.

Odion Ighalo: Ezeji expresses sadness over Solskjaer not giving Nigerian enough chance

Odion Ighalo: Ezeji expresses sadness over Solskjaer not giving Nigerian enough chance (photo: Getty)
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Andrew who is the elder brother of Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen explained that the Napoli man turned down move to Manchester United because of his respect for Odion Ighalo.

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Before the cancellation of last season in France, Victor Osimhen has already netted 18 goals for Lille and also created six assists in all competitions.

This made many clubs in Europe to show interest for the signing of the Super Eagles striker who eventually joined Italian giants Napoli this summer.

While speaking, Andrew stated emphatically that Manchester United were also interested in the signing of his younger brother.

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