Man Utd training absentee sees Odion Ighalo set for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fast track


Odion Ighalo could be handed his first Manchester United start just three days after making his debut from the bench. That’s because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be without Mason Greenwood for the trip to Club Brugge in the Europa League.

The youngster was in line to start the match in Belgium and has been a shining light for United in this season’s competition.

Solskjaer’s side took part in their final training session before the match on Wednesday morning at Carrington.

But Greenwood was absent and is therefore set to miss the Round of 32 first-leg.

Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba were also missing as they step up their return from injury.

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Greenwood’s absence means Ighalo is in line for a surprise start, with Solskjaer expected to change his team from the win at Chelsea.

Ighalo came off the bench to play the final five minutes and he almost made an instant impact.

The Nigerian was slotted through on goal by Fred and forced Willy Caballero into a fine save with his legs.

Ighalo is a boyhood Manchester United fan and therefore his move to Old Trafford is a dream come true.


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He will be looking to earn the chance of making the loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua permanent.

Solskjaer has already encouraged Ighalo to go out and make a statement between now and the end of the season.

“It’s a loan, but when you’re in the door, and if you impress, it gives you a chance. That’s exactly the same for everyone who signs,” Solskjaer said.

“If it’s permanent, or if it’s a loan, if you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.

“That doesn’t just go for Odion but, since you asked, yes, his incentive is to play as well as he can and it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay, if we want him.”

Ighalo was kept away from the United squad while they went to Marbella for a mid-season training camp.

Having recently moved from China, there were fears that he may have been impacted by the coronavirus.

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