Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw has given reasons why Odion Ighalo is important at the Red Devils, Completesports.com reports.
Ighalo extended his loan move at United until 31 January 2021 after impressing with four goals in eight games.
His parent club Shanghai Shenhua initially asked Ighalo to return ahead of resumption of the Chinese Super League.
But the club have now allowed Ighalo extend his loan spell at United for another one year.
And reacting to the extension, Shaw said Ighalo deserved to remain at United.
“We’ve already had some really good news at United this week with Odion extending his contract,” Shaw wrote on United’s official website.
“All the players are really happy for him. Obviously his situation was up in the air and we try not to talk about that kind of thing at training but we’re just so happy for him.
“Before he arrived, a few people outside the club weren’t too sure what he was going to bring to the club, but he’s shown everyone because he’s brought goals and a different style to our other strikers.
“He’s earned and deserved the chance to stay here longer. He brings happiness and a smile to the place. He’s great in training but he’s also been really important at times during games and scored some great goals.”
Shaw added: “Now that everything’s sorted, hopefully he can relax now and settle back into doing what he was doing before football stopped.”
And on training ahead of the restart of the Premier League Shaw said: “Training is going really well for us all. I think you can see from the videos that have been going out that everyone’s looking very sharp, very fit and obviously we’re all very keen to get back to the games.
“The first few days back were about returning to normality, getting used to the ball again, playing games and getting a bit of fitness work in, but now we’ve got a good base and we can start doing a bit more work that the manager and the coaches want to do around the way we play and the system we’ll be working on.
“We’ve been doing a bit more tactical work to get our principles in for what the manager wants. The lads are engaging in that well and understanding more and more what the gaffer wants. We’ve got a good couple of weeks now to work on what we’re going to be doing as a team.”
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