By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Former Super Eagles captain and coach Sunday Oliseh has urged Nigerian forward Odion Jude Ighalo to do everything possible to stay at Manchester United beyond his current loan deal.
The 30-year-old Nigerian forward is currently on loan with the option to buy him, at United from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua. The Nigerian has expressed the desire to make the loan move permanent.
United’s Norwegian Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also hinted on the desire to make the forward’s move permanent, though United have also been linked to other big name strikers.
Another possible huddle to a longer stay at Old Trafford for the Nigerian could be the financial gains the player stand to make should he opt to return to China. Shanghai Shenhua are said to be ready to offer him a mega salary of £400,000 a week.
However, his former national team coach Sunday Oliseh has advised the former Watford striker to do everything within his powers to stay with United.
“Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world and Ighalo must do everything to stay at the club,” Oliseh told Nigerian media.
“It would be better to be remembered as an ex-Manchester United player than as an ex-Watford player. Joining United is the greatest thing to happen in his life and it will help his profile even after he is no longer playing.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer voiced his impression over the Nigerian after their last game before the shutdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic:
“Odion has really done well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself,” Solskjaer said after the Nigerian impressed with a stunning goal in a 5-0 win over Austrian outfit LASK in the Europa League.
“And he will improve and get better but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season, so let’s see what we will do,” Solskjaer added.
“He’s a goal scorer and a striker, he doesn’t worry too much about all that nonsense; build-up play – that’s a joke, obviously. He knows his job and what his role in the team is, and he’s very good with his back to goal, great link player, but maybe the best thing about him is his personality, so he’s got the whole lot really.”
Ighalo has scored 4 goals in 8 appearances for United, though he is yet to open his Premier League goal scoring account.
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