Is Ighalo’s Manchester United future over?

Odion Ighalo’s arrival at Manchester United was greeted with much fan-fare, following the 31 year old’s impressive beginning to his old Trafford career.

Despite being given limited appearances, Ighalo managed 4 goals from four starts including a spectacular strike against Austrian minnows, LASK Linz in the Europa League round of 16.

An unanticipated break occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic would ultimately see Ighalo’s contract run out before the end of the 2019/2020 season, prompting United to extend the talismanic Nigerian’s loan deal.

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However, Ighalo has had playing chances very hard to come by in United’s final 9 Premier League games as they challenged Chelsea and Leicester City for a top four place, a period which saw OGS religiously keep faith with the attacking trio of Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood, raising concerns from Ighalo’s supporters who were beginning to predict a resplendent Old Trafford career for the 31 year old.

Manchester United face LASK Linz in Wednesday’s Europa League second leg tie, which is realistically a walkover, having established an unassailable 5-nil deficit from the first leg at Linz, leaving a glimmer of hope that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could elect to field Ighalo in the competition in which he has performed considerably well.

United is tipped to go deep into the latter stages of the competition, with bookmakers predicting a possible Manchester United/Internanazionale Final. Should United’s adventure in the Europa league continue, it remains to be seen if the manager will introduce his trusted attacking trio in a bid to salvage a hugely underwhelming season by United’s standards. Again, this raises the question as to the former Nigerian International’s future at the club he supported from his boyhood days.

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