Odion Ighalo is highly desperate to play for his new English Premier League side, Manchester United, and will be rewarded in earnest following confirmation by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that the Nigerian will possibly make his debut against Chelsea next Monday.
Solskjaer said that the 30-year-old forward who moved to Old Trafford on a six-loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua will travel with the squad to Stamford Bridge.
He also said that the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) top scorer ‘is desperate to play for us.’
Though Ighalo has been ‘holed up’ in Manchester while his teammates are away on a six-day winter break camping in Spain, Solskjaer said he was already impressed with the player’s puritanical devotion and enthusiasm.
“Yeah, he (Odion Ighalo) is going to travel with us (against Chelsea),” Solskjaer was said in an interview with the club’s website from the Marbella Football Centre in Spain.
“We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.”
“We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us,” added the manager.
A close source to the player who craved to disclosed his identity said, “I’ve seen some of the video of his workouts and trainings; and what I see on his face is nothing than determination,”
“If you know Odion well, he doesn’t do anything at half measure and I think he is going to prove so many people wrong.”
“He’s looking fitter and sharper now and I hope he can translate all this efforts into the pitch when he’s called upon to play,” he added.