Manchester United extends Ighalo loan deal

Ighalo's stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January next year, enabling him to build on an impressive start at the club.

Odion Ighalo.

Odion Ighalo scored his first Manchester United goal against Club Brugge   -  Getty Images

Manchester United confirmed that it has extended the loan deal of Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo until January 2021.

Having joined from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, Ighalos's stay was initially due to end on 31 May but he will now remain with the Reds until 31 January next year, enabling him to build on an impressive start at the club.

Ighalo's tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts in the Europa League and FA Cup before the coronavirus outbreak forced football to be suspended.

United will be boosted by the retention of Ighalo, as the team continues to prepare for this month's resumption of competitive football -- Premier League proposed to return on June 17 and FA Cup quarterfinals from weekend of June 27 and 28.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are also due to resume their Europa League campaign in August.

“They (Shanghai) have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club. It's been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us,” said Solskjaer last week.

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