“He is a fan, he will want to prove that he is good enough for this club”: Andy Cole supports Odion Ighalo to succeed during Man United loan spell as Nigeria striker prepares for debut against Chelsea
- Odion Ighalo is ready to make his Manchester United debut against Chelsea
- Nigerian striker has been loaned by the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua
- The old Trafford legend Andy Cole has supported Ighalo to impress United
- Ighalo is a lifelong United fan and Cole was one of his heroes who grew up
Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo will be desperate to prove himself at Old Trafford and earn a permanent move, according to former striker Andy Cole.
The Nigeria international has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of the Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua for the rest of the season.
Ighalo, who previously played in the Premier League for Watford, is expected to make his debut when United travels to Chelsea on Monday evening.
The on loan from Manchester United, Odion Ighalo, was shown in the gym earlier this week
Former United striker Andy Cole has supported Ighalo as a success during his time at the club
Ighalo grew up as a fan of United and worshiped Cole and now his hero has supported him to impress.
“That’s what we hope for,” Cole said Goal.com. “There is no doubt that he will do that exactly.
“He is a big fan of the football club, he is a fan. He wants to come here and do what he can for Manchester United, to the best of his ability. “
“He has Premier League experience from his time at Watford, he did well there.
“He has moved to China, but he is coming back to England and will give everything he has.
“As a fan of Manchester United, he wants to prove that he is good enough for the club.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, pictured during the training camp of United in Marbella, is expected to hand over his debut to Ighalo when they visit Chelsea on Monday evening
The Nigeria international made a shock loan from Shanghai Shenhua on the day of the deadline
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Ighalo will offer Solskjaer a short-term solution in the absence of injury from top scorer Marcus Rashford, who will miss most of the rest of the season with a back injury.
United needed reinforcement for a short-manned forward line while trying to finish in the Premier League top four in addition to going for silverware in the FA Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
But Ighalo had an early hiccup when he was banned from the training field of United because of the fear of corona virus.
United has taken the precautionary measure, despite the fact that Ighalo did not travel from Wuhan to the UK, where the virus originated.
The Nigerian will continue to work with Manchester-based performance coach Wayne Richardson at the GB Taekwondo Center in Manchester until Friday when he joins the team for the first time.
Coronavirus has claimed more than 1,100 lives and concerns about border restrictions meant that Ighalo did not come to United for their warm weather training in Marbella.