*Says he took a pay cut to play for his dream club
Former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo is confident he can help turn the fortunes of Manchester United despite the club struggling since an injury to talismanic forward Marcus Rashford, AOIFootball.com reports.
The Nigerian completed a deadline day loan move to Old Trafford and believes his presence will help the club upfront, having watched most of United’s games this campaign.
“They have a striker that stays mostly in the middle, because Anthony Martial likes to come from the side, even Rashford and all that,” Ighalo said, having called injured Rashford “one of the best, if not the best, player in Europe right now”.
“So, you need someone in the middle that can keep the ball, hold the ball, because I’ve watched so many United games. So they need a physicality there up front to keep the ball, to give and to make some movement, which I believe, if everything goes well, I can add to the team,” Ighalo said.
He further told the club’s official website, he had to take a pay cut in order to fulfill his dream of playing for his dream club after turning down offers from other European clubs.
”At 11 pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door and all that. ‘My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen and all that’.
“So, they started talking and discussing. I didn’t sleep throughout that night, because it was going to end at 7am, Shanghai time, and the transfer (window) is going to close there.
“So, from 11pm, there was paperwork, negotiations and all that, for the loan deal and all that, so we were talking and other teams were calling them, wanting me, but I told my agent that this is what I want. I want to come here.
“He said you’re going to get a pay cut to go to United. I said I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen,” Ighalo revealed.