- Odion Ighalo has opened up on the sacrifices he made as a young Man United fan
- The Nigerian striker completed a season-long loan move from Shanghai Shenhua
- The 31-year-old's contract at Old Trafford is set to expire at the end of January 2021
Odion Ighalo has revealed the sacrifices he made just to watch Man United play during his childhood years in Lagos, Nigeria.
The 31-year-old watched the Red Devils play at a viewing centre and he had to save money as well as cry when his beloved team loses a match.
The former Nigerian international is now living his dream as he is currently on loan at the Theatre of Dreams which is set to end in 31, January 2021.
Ighalo was quoted by Goal:
"I had to save money. Before you go to school, my mum would leave me some money if I wanted to eat lunch. From Monday I was saving my money because I wanted to watch Manchester United.
“I split it in two. Even though I would use part of the money for lunch, I would save some of the money because the weekend is coming. Sometimes you would be feeling hungry because you don’t eat properly, but you don’t want to miss the game at the weekend.
“You don’t want someone to tell you how Manchester United played, how they scored. You want to see it yourself. It’s that passion. You start saving money until the weekend.
“If Manchester United are playing on a Saturday, you have to pull on your Manchester United shirt and go to the viewing centre looking smart.
“Sometimes I cry if Manchester United lose a game. You cry because you come home and see people arguing and saying bad things to you. Sometimes I shed tears because you don’t want your team to lose. That’s how crazy it was back then.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Odion Ighalo has recalled when he was minutes away from sealing Man United move on deadline day in January 2019.
The former Nigerian international earned a dream move to his boyhood club and became the first man from his country to play for the Red Devils.
But the build-up to the deal was something the former Watford forward will never forget in his life as he was among the five strikers shortlisted to complete the move to Old Trafford.
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