Odion Ighalo is a representation of some of the best business in recent years for Man United. The player is just loving life in England and is willing to take a drop in pay to stay.
The makeshift plan that is Ighalo has settled into life at Old Trafford in fine form. The man who joined from the Chinese Top Flight during the Jan window has been a productive outlet for Solskjaer.
Having a limited time on the pitch to prove a point, plus having linked up with the team late on arrival, he still managed to get off to a flying start. In his eight appearances across all competitions, he has scored four goals and assisted one.
It is only in the Premier League he hasn’t scored yet, but judging by how well he’s taken to Ole’s plan when called upon, it’s only a matter of when and not if he will score for his adopted team (That’s also if the campaign resumes the 4th of next month).
Odion Ighalo will be happy to take a 50 percent pay-cut to join Manchester United on a permanent deal.
In China, Ighalo earns £240,000 weekly with his contract in Shanghai set to expire at the start of 2021. (Via: Goal.com)
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Ighalo willing to take a pay cut to stay at Old Trafford
This is the difference in the business being dealt with over at Man United. Players like Odion are not after the huge wage bill but after the badge on their chest. Far too long has the club been held ransom by the players they employ.
Bruno Fernandes was basically forcing a move through to the club he dreamed of moving to one day, following in the footsteps of his compatriots, Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani. Like Fernandes, Harry Maguire was another player who caused a scene to make sure his move to Carrington Road didn’t fall through.
These players have been essential to the Manchester club’s success as they hit fifth in the standings, within touching distance of fourth place. Something that seemed unachievable before the turn of the year.
They should tie him down permanently. He is a prolific goalscorer and has been since he’s been on the pitch, for both club and country. Of his 255 lifetime appearances, he has scored 101 goals.
That’s an amazing tally for a player ready to commit to the club with no certainty he will be a starter or backup.