Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo has begun training alongside Great Britain’s Olympic taekwondo team as he looks to make an instant impact at Old Trafford after the inaugural winter break.
Ighalo arrived in a surprise loan move from Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, taking a hefty pay cut in the process to join his boyhood club for the remainder of the season.
The 30-year-old is looking to hit the ground running and he's been training alongside Team GB's Taekwondo team to help make that happen, working specifically with performance coach Wayne Richardson who has previously helped train Mario Balotelli.
"If we didn’t have this break we would have been raising eyebrows,” Richardson said, quoted by The Telegraph. "United are in a position now where they need someone now. Is there a right time or wrong time?
"He’s going to Marbella and there is more of a chance of doing quality work with the United staff. He might have to hit the ground running due to injuries. By doing these sessions, he wants to hit the ground running and you can see that from the work he’s doing behind the scenes.
"From the moment he has stepped through the door, he is one of the few players who has blown me away. His determination, drive and willingness.
"He’s been doing double sessions and we’ve had to hold him back a bit and monitor him because he has fire in his stomach as a professional."
The Nigeria international will be given the chance to make his debut for Manchester United when they travel to face Chelsea on February 17.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side won the reverse fixture 4-0 at Old Trafford, but since then both clubs have seen their fortunes turn and Chelsea sit six points higher in the Premier League in fourth place.
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Source : 90min