Odion Ighalo: Man United fans know I’m here to play for the team

Odion Ighalo: Man United fans know I’m here to play for the team

- Odion Ighalo's deal with Man United expires next month

- The Nigerian star joined them from Shanghai Shenhua earlier this year

-Ighalo has now reiterated the fact that all he has done was to give his best to the team

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Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo has insisted that he has given his best every time he has the opportunity to play for Manchester United.

The 31-year-old joined the Red Devils from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January 2020 but his temporary stay at Old Trafford will come to an end at the end of next month.

He has found the back of the net five times and also assisted one other goal in 23 appearances across competitions.

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However, the former Watford attacker believes he has the backing of the supporters owing to his own dedication and love for the club.

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Odion Ighalo: Man United fans know I’m here to play for the team
Odion Ighalo with a broad smile before their Champions League game against RB Leipzig Photo by Mario Hommes/DeFodi Images
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According to a statement on the club's official website, the retired Super Eagles goal poacher became a fan favourite after scoring five goals in his first four starts for the club - equalling a 95-year-old record.

Ighalo has been a fan of United since he was young and he feels this helped him gain the confidence of the fans faster. He said:

“They know I’m here to play for the team and to give my best and they know I’m a fan like them, before I start playing for the team.
“I didn't come here to just play one game or make the money. I’m a boyhood fan of this team and I came here to play with my heart, to give everything until the day I leave.
“I give my best, whether the game is good or bad. I keep trying 100 per cent. They knew that from the first day and that’s why they supported me.

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“Even today, I see the same messages from the fans [on social media] which I cherish and I’m happy about.”

Ighalo also relishes the chance to feature in the Manchester Derby clash where he came from the bench and contributed to one of their goals. He referred to the moment as electrifying.

“That was electrifying! That was crazy! I’ve never seen an atmosphere like that before, the atmosphere that day was crazy in Old Trafford.
“When I sat down on the bench, I was watching the crowd and I was like ‘wow, this is a different level’.
“Being on that pitch when we scored the second goal, I was going mental. I was jumping like I was the one who scored the goal! I did not score in the game but I was happy because the atmosphere was crazy.
“That was one of the biggest games: it’s a derby game and the fans were pleased, they were happy. That was one of the best moments in Old Trafford, for me.”

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that Nigerian star Odion Ighalo is an important member of the club.

The 47-year-old said this after naming the former Super Eagles striker in the Red Devils squad ahead of their Champions League encounter against Paris Saint Germain.

With his current deal with the Red Devils set to expire in January, the 31-year-old has made just three appearances without a goal across competitions for the Old Trafford outfit.

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