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|Club as Player||Manchester United|
2020 03 20 Retrieve
[Ighalo describes euphoria of playing for Man Utd four years after first Old Trafford outing with Watford] When did I first set my eyes on it? It was in 2013 when I came to see the stadium, to visit it and go around, taking pictures outside the stadium. The first time I played there was for Watford in 2016. Manchester United is a big club. When I saw that, I was amazed. I was outside the stadium and I took pictures. Then I played there with Watford, against United, and it made me even more happy. I came out of the stadium and stood looking at it. This is the stadium you have been watching back home when you were young and now you’re playing here for Watford against Man Utd. It feels good. And even now, playing for United? It’s making even greater moments for me
[When asked how Nigerian fans tune in to watch the Red Devils on a weekly basis] It’s good – you have to go to an event centre and pay to watch the games. Any time United were playing, I’d go with my siblings. You’d have to pay to watch the games and now people are watching me and United. It is a big fan-base and it is growing even much bigger. Everybody is sending me messages saying they can’t wait to see me and watch the United games. I am very happy about that.
2020 04 06 Retrieve
[Ighalo drops Man Utd future hint as loan star looks to prove himself as a beast] Seeing the club from the outside you don’t know how big it is. But when you are inside you know how big the club is.
I am inspired by the way the club is structured, I am inspired by the direction of the club, I am inspired by the development of the young players and how they are coming through from the grassroots to the first team.
I am inspired by a lot of things at United, I am really inspired and I am looking forward to spending more time with the team
[On how he is perceived, Ighalo added] Many people would say he is a gentle guy but inside he is a beast. I am a fighter, I never give up, I go for what I believe I can achieve and I give my best, 100 per cent, no matter the outcome of the game, win or lose, I always give 100 per cent from the beginning
2020 04 10 Retrieve
[Odion Ighalo has revealed that he has not yet received an offer from Manchester United to extend his stay at the club beyond the 2019-20 season] There is no offer on the table yet. Because the season is still on and I’m yet to finish my loan deal. I don’t just take decisions alone in my life. I have a principle and I have a guideline for everything I do. I always pray to God to direct me
I have seen so many tweets about this. I have seen so many people going crazy, [saying] ‘go back to China’, some say stay with Man United
Have you seen me say a word? I don’t have anything to say. When the season’s finished and I get two offers from the two teams, then I will sit and think about it, pray about it and whatever God says I should do, I will go with that
I don’t just sit down and take decisions, and I don’t get carried away with whatever people say. I came to Manchester United to play for a pay cut because I wanted to. So anything could happen, but I want the season to finish and my loan to finish. Then I will see everything I have
You don’t just rush and do things: ‘I’m going here, I’m going here’. I have to sit down and finish the season well, sit down with my agent, see what’s on the ground: A, B, C, D, is on the ground. Okay we have to pick
2020 04 11 Retrieve
[Odion Ighalo believes a midfield partnership between Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes could restore Manchester United to their former glories] He is working hard to get back to fitness and imagine when we have Pogba and Bruno in the midfield, then you will see a different team – [Marcus] Rashford coming back also. Manchester United is going to be great again, winning games week in, week out. He’s a great player and it’s going to be a privilege to play with him
Bruno is a fantastic player. I played with him in 2013-14 at Udinese. We’ve not seen the best of him yet in the Premier League. Once Bruno Fernandes settles down in England you will see what that guy can do. He has vision, he wants the ball always. He can shoot, he can score goals, he is very intelligent. Before the ball comes, he is a step ahead to know what he wants to do. In times to come you are going to see what he can do in the Premier League, even better than what he is doing now
[In terms of his own future, Ighalo feels now is not the time to worry about a permanent United deal] You know I have a loan deal until the end of the season. Now it is for us to finish the season well, for me to do well and score goals. But even me as a person cannot start talking about a contract when you don’t know when you’re going to resume. I’ve been around the club for a few months and everything is working perfectly well for me and the team is going fantastically. We’ll see how it goes
[Even if his United career turns out to be brief, Ighalo will have the memory of a thunderous and technically brilliant Europa League strike against LASK to look back on and cherish in the colours of a club he has supported since childhood] Yeah, for now I would say it is the best goal in my career. After that goal, I did not know how I scored that goal. My team-mates were showing me a video and going ‘wow, wow, wow’ and I was asking myself, ‘How did you do that?’