By Olayinka Elebute

Manchester United’s new signing,  Odion Ighalo’s contract at Old Trafford could be made permanent at the end of the season if the words of Manchester United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are anything to go by.

Ighalo, 30, joined the Red Devils on a loan deal from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

But Solskjaer has said Ighalo’s move can be made permanent at the end of the season depending on his performance.

The former Super Eagles forward has not had the greatest of starts at Old Trafford. He did not travel with the rest of United’s first team on their warm-weather training trip to Spain amid fears that he could be denied re-entry to the United Kingdom having come from China where the Coronavirus originated.

He was however with the rest of the squad for Monday’s Premier League clash against Chelsea where was expected to make his United debut as a substitute at Stamford Bridge.

Solskjaer said Ighalo could yet spend more years at Old Trafford beyond the initial period of his loan move.

“When you are in the door, it gives you a chance,” the Norwegian said. “If you impress as a player and a person and help the group improve, of course, there’s a chance we’ll look at extending things and signing.

“His incentive is to play as well as he can, then it’s up to us to make sure he wants to stay if we want him.”

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