Ighalo impressing in Manchester
Odion Ighalo returned to England in January, joining Manchester United on loan.
The Nigerian’s last spell in England saw him honing his craft with Watford.
Ighalo had a decent stint at Watford, but his final few months with the Hornets were pretty poor, with the centre-forward scoring just once in his final 18 Premier League ties for the club.
Despite a dismal end to his Watford run, Ighalo has been pretty impressive in recent months.
The 30-year-old scored twice to ensure Man United saw off Derby County in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
The former Watford hitman would also score two and assist one in three Europa League ties.
WHAT A GOAL!
Odion Igalho has done it again as he gives Man Utd the lead with an absolute beauty
Solskjaer’s reaction says it all! pic.twitter.com/JisDmPsJDh
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2020
Man United to extend Ighalo’s loan deal?
But with the season currently on hold due to COVID-19, Ighalo’s Man United future has been put in doubt.
The Premier League is not set to resume until at least April 30th, with the Manchester Evening News recently claiming that due to the campaign being delayed as a result of COVID-19, there is a chance that the PL season could continue into July.
The same report from the MEN reported that Ighalo’s loan contract only runs until June 30th, meaning he would be under no obligation to play for United after his contract ends.
And when he was recently asked to comment on his contract situation, Ighalo stated that he wasn’t even thinking about it right now:
“Talking about other things now will not only be selfish but terribly insensitive. I don’t even think about it
“The challenge before us now is not a football one, but a global one.” As quoted by Goal.
Now, though, the Telegraph are reporting that United will look to extend Ighalo’s loan deal, which they say ends on May 31st.
The report from the Telegraph also claims that Fifa, Uefa and FifPro have already indicated that clubs will be able to agree short-term contract extensions due to the coronavirus. But exactly how that will operate is yet to be decided upon.
ESPN’s Dale Johnson has also offered an update on the Ighalo situation.
On Odion Ighalo’s loan deal expiring on May 31.
Per @RobDawsonESPN‘s story, Man United hold his registration until June 30 – can’t be transferred to Shanghai Shenhua until transfer window opens in China (July 1).
— Dale Johnson (@DaleJohnsonESPN) March 24, 2020