Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he can’t wait to have “proper man” Odion Ighalo in his Manchester United squad.
The 30-year-old former Watford forward completed a surprise loan move from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua to United on transfer deadline day, but his arrival at his new club has been put on hold due to travel restrictions.
However, speaking after Saturday’s goalless draw at home to Wolves, Solskjaer says it won’t be long before the new man can link up with his teammates.
“Odion Ighalo is in the air and on his way. We will give him time to settle,” Solskjaer told reporters at Old Trafford.
“He is a striker, has a physical presence and is a goalscorer so he will give us a lot.
“You would be thrilled when you have been a Manchester United supporter your whole life and you’ve been working your whole life.
“Being the top scorer in the African Cup of Nations tells you a lot about the qualities we are going to get.
“He’s a different type of striker. He’s a proven goalscorer, physical presence. It also gives us a chance to rest Mason Greenwood and to rest Anthony Martial at times with so many games coming up.”
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Norwegian added that his awareness of Ighalo’s qualities goes back a long way.
“In Odion Odion we get a proper man, a great lad, a good goalscorer. It’s not long ago he was top scorer in the African Nations Cup,” Solskjaer said.
“Obviously I know him from way back, he was in Norway 10-12 years ago. Since then his career has developed.
“He gives us a different option up front, so I’m delighted that he wanted to come for a few months. For us it’s great to have him around. And I know he’s such a Man United fan and he will give absolutely everything on and off the pitch.”
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