Ighalo, Manchester

Odion Ighalo’s spirits seem to be sky-high after securing his dream move to Manchester United, and the striker was pictured grinning and laughing outside the Lowry Hotel yesterday.

He stepped out of his temporary residence dressed in a grey Nike hoodie and greeted by friends. The 30-year-old forward supported United as a child and it seems he is still revelling in his move to the Old Trafford club.

Ighalo fussed over a baby and chatted with his friends in the car park outside United’s frequently used hotel in Manchester city centre.

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The former Watford man has joined on loan from Shanghai Shenhua and his new club will be paying a third of his £300,000-a-week wages.

Ighalo landed in Manchester on Sunday and told Sky Sports News: ‘Its been crazy. Obviously I am happy to be in Manchester and this is a great opportunity for me.

‘And I’m grateful to God, my agent and the coach that gave me this opportunity to be here. I’m happy to be here to work hard with the team and finish very well this season.

‘It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid I have always dreamed about Manchester United, but this is a reality now.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will hope Ighalo is the man to get his side firing again in front of the goal, particularly with Marcus Rashford out injured with a double stress fracture to his back.

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Manchester United are heading out to a warm-weather training camp in Marbella later this week and Ighalo will get the chance to bed in with his new team-mates.

The next game back could be a crucial one in the top-four shake-up with Manchester United visiting Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea on February 17.

Ighalo plied his trade at Watford for three seasons, scoring 40 goals in 100 games, before making a mega-money move to the Far East in 2017.

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