On transfer deadline day, Manchester United Football Club made the bold decision to sign Odion Ighalo on a short-term deal.
The Red Devils needed someone to pick up the baton in the wake of Marcus Rashford’s injury and in the end, they settled on the former Watford man.
On the face of it, this deal is mightily underwhelming. After all, this is Manchester United, the supposed biggest club in the country. Fans are right to expect more, though unfortunately, this is the situation at hand.
Acquiring players in the January transfer window is notoriously tough and someone is better than no-one, right?
Anyway, speaking ahead of a proposed Ighalo debut against Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to rule out the possibility of a permanent move for the 30-year-old.
“When you are in the door, it gives you a chance,” he said per the BBC. “If you impress as a player and a person and help the group improve, of course there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.
“His incentive is to play as well as he can, then it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay, if we want him.”
At the end of the day, nobody knows about taking your opportunity more than Solskjaer. The Baby Faced Assassin put up an incredible string of results to land the United manager’s job on a permanent basis. Now, Ighalo has that same chance.
If the Nigerian can come here and score bucket-loads of goals, why wouldn’t United want to acquire him for good? Obviously, that’s easier said than done, but being a boyhood Reds fan gives Ighalo that extra incentive.
Whether he can do it remains to be seen. Personally, I’m feeling positive about his chances. At the very least, United now have a different dimension and option. Ighalo brings something completely fresh to the table, and what better way to make yourself a hero by scoring on debut against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tonight…?