Manchester United made perhaps the most unexpected signing of the January transfer window when Odion Ighalo arrived on loan from Shanghai Shenhua. The Nigeria international striker, who scored 39 goals in 99 matches for Watford between 2014 and 2017, was recruited to strengthen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attacking options which, in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood, Daniel James and Jesse Lingard already represented a significant strength.
If he was expected to remain peripheral, he has already made a promising start, and to the extent that suggestions are already growing that his loan move could be made permanent. “Odion has done really well when he’s come in and he’s enjoying himself,” United’s manager said.
“He will improve and get better, but he has qualities that we saw in him that we needed and we’ll still need those qualities for next season so let’s see what we do. He is very good back to goal; you can play up to him. He is a great link player.”