Ole finally confirms Odion Ighalo in Manchester United squad to face Chelsea

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Manchester United’s Deadline Day signing Odion Ighalo will go straight into the squad for the Monday Night Football clash at Chelsea, despite missing the club’s warm-weather training camp due to travel restriction concerns.

The 30-year-old completed a shock loan switch from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua at the end of January, but did not head to Spain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad because of the coronavirus outbreak.

The United boss said over the weekend that the club had left Ighalo in the UK as they were unsure whether he would be allowed back to return to the country, having arrived from China in the previous fortnight.

But despite missing the trip to Marbella, Solskjaer has confirmed that the striker will go straight into the squad taking on Chelsea after the winter break.

“Yeah, he is going to travel with us,” he told club media.

“We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.

“We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.”

Woodward: Summer important in rebuild

Ed Woodward took over as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2012
Ed Woodward took over as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2012

Ed Woodward has told a Manchester United fans forum that they see this summer as an “important opportunity” in the club’s rebuild but has acknowledged they “are not yet where we want to be” in challenging for titles.

United’s board and executive vice-chairman, Woodward, have come in for criticism from supporters with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side currently eighth in the Premier League after struggling with inconsistency throughout the campaign.

“The signing this week of Bruno Fernandes and return of key players from injury will be a boost to Ole and the squad as we head into the second half of the season,” Woodward said in remarks read at the meeting.

“We remain in contention in the Europa League and the FA Cup, as well as for Champions League qualification, so there is still lots to play for.

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