It won’t be long until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is lifting silverware as Manchester United manager, according to former on-loan striker Odion Ighalo.
Ighalo was a January loan addition for United in 2020, scoring five goals in 23 appearances, before returning to parent club Shanghai Shenuhua.
Having seen first-hand what manager Solskjaer is building at Old Trafford, Ighalo is sure that his old club are “going places.”
And seeing United strengthened this summer by the signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo, the former Watford striker said that the Europa League final defeat to Villarreal will spur the club on to go one step further this season.
Speaking to London World, he said: “If you saw the way they ended the season you’ll know that the team is going places. I mean I have been lucky enough to have played there and I saw what the manager was trying to do, and I’m sure the fans will see the results this season.
“They were unlucky in the Europa League final but normally situations like that make you go the extra mile and win big.
“They did not have the luck but with what I saw whilst there it won’t be long before the luck returns, and they start winning big again.”
Ighalo also looked back on his time at United, admitting he hesitate to make the move when the call came from Solskjaer. Barcelona had also been linked with a surprise January 2020 deadline day move for him.
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He added: “Thinking about it now, I feel like God had it all planned for me. I was enjoying my game and was doing well in China so when my agent told me about Barcelona’s interest in the previous window, I told him to give me time to think about it.
“I didn’t really feel it was the best for me from the financial point of view, but when United came knocking I couldn’t wait.
‘It’s nothing against Barcelona but everyone knows I was always roaming the streets playing football in a Manchester United jersey, so I wasn’t even looking at the financial package. I just wanted to tick the box and fulfil a dream that I had held when I left home to start my journey.
“There are a lot of things that go through a player’s mind when signing for a club, especially if you come from where I come from. But the chance to play for such a big club like Manchester United is just magic. You just feel like you’re living as a child and the smiles make you appreciate how far you’ve come.”