Odion Ighalo has opened up about his time at Manchester as his return to China nears.
Ighalo has had a tough couple of months in England after a good start with the Premier League club. Since his arrival on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, the forward has played a total of 23 games for the Red Devils in all competitions.
He is yet to score a goal in the Premier League, however, he has scored in the Uefa Europa League and FA Cup for the club. He is behind Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani in the club’s pecking order this season, but it is expected that he will get some minutes before his imminent return to his parent club at the end of the month.
Speaking to ESPN, the 31-year-old said he had a great experience under coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“It was a good one and a tough one, before I came to United, I never thought I would play, I’m a Reds fan. If you ask anybody where I grew up, we fight because of Manchester United. We quarrel and argue.
“So, when my team didn’t do well, they would start to insult and argue with me and I cried. I can tell you I’m the happiest man on Earth for my dream to come true, I fulfilled my dream,” he said.
The former Watford striker also shared how thrilled he was by just thinking of playing for his favourite club in the world and he emphasized that to him this move was more about realising his dreams more than personal glory.
“I remember the night my agent called me to tell me Manchester United wanted me, it was 10-11 at night (China time). I was under my bed naked, I didn’t sleep until daybreak.
“I don’t care about a pay cut, I just want to go to Manchester United because this is my dream. I was under my bed shivering and walking around my room and I did not sleep until six in the morning,” he added.
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