Manchester United were in desperate need of a new striker after the recent injury to Marcus Rashford and they have managed to sign Odion Ighalo from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on a short-term loan spell.
United had been linked with the likes of Piatek and Edinson Cavani all throughout the January transfer window but eventually, they went for the Nigerian who had a spell in the Premier League with Watford a couple of years ago.
There had been no prior rumours of Odion Ighalo being on the transfer radar for Man United which is why when the deal was announced, it came as a shock to many people.
And now explaining the transfer, Solksjaer has explained why his side chose to sign Odion Ighalo on a short-term deal.
“It was very important,” Solskjaer said after the announcement of the signing.
“I thought, with Marcus [Rashford] out for so long, the demands on Anthony [Martial] and Mason [Greenwood] would be high. We get an experienced goalscorer, top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations last season. He’s a man with a big smile, a great personality and a big Manchester United fan.
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“He’s going to savour this, enjoy this and give absolutely everything for us.
“The club has always been very good and, in Odion, we get a proper man, a great lad and a good goalscorer.
”Not only was he top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations but I know him from way back when he was in Norway 10-12 years ago. His career has developed and he gives us a different option up front.
“I’m delighted that he wanted to come for a few months on loan, from now until the end of the season. For us, it’s great to have him around and I know he’s such a Manchester United fan, he will give absolutely everything – on and off the pitch.”