Twitter Explodes as Man Utd Confirm Extension to Odion Ighalo Loan Deal

The past six months have been mental.

Manchester United spent the January transfer window floundering around in search of a new striker and ended up settling for (and gettling ridiculed for) Odion Ighalo, only for the Nigerian to actually play fairly well following his arrival.

Then coronavirus took over the world and cast doubts over whether Ighalo would actually be able to finish the season at Old Trafford. But after weeks of negotiating and battling back from the brink of defeat, United have now confirmed that Ighalo will be staying in Manchester until 31 January 2021.

In 2019, if you'd have suggested that United fans would be celebrating a new deal for Ighalo, you'd have been laughed off the face of the earth.

Now, not so much.

The 30-year-old, who is a boyhood United fan, has made his love for the club abundantly clear, and that means a lot to fans. Having players who truly want to be United has been missing for a few years at Old Trafford.

Sure, he's yet to set the world on fire in the Premier League, but that's not the point. He's not there for that. Ighalo's job is to offer cover to the first team and get the job done in cup competitions.

With four goals in four cup outings to his name, he's done exactly that.

It's not just the fact that Ighalo is sticking around that has got fans excited. Many have pointed out that this now means money doesn't need to be spent on another striker this summer, freeing up money for the rest of United's business.

Jadon Sancho? Kai Havertz? Kylian Mbappé? Pelé? The Earth itself? They could all be on their way.

However, there are still some fans who aren't too impressed with the whole ordeal.

Does signing Ighalo mean that Timo Werner, Moussa Dembélé or another top striker is no longer on the radar?

Plus, there are still fans from rival clubs who think this is the funniest thing ever. After all, this is Ighalo we're talking about. United fans are getting excited about an ageing former Watford striker.

Even some United fans aren't happy with it, or rather they're not happy with Ed Woodward and Co.

But at the end of the day, this is a reliable third-choice striker who cares more about the badge on the front of the shirt than the name on the back.

He's given his all for United so far and will continue to do so for the next six months, and it seems as though most fans are happy to see him stay.

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Source : 90min