Liverpool tie looks like Odion Ighalo's last chance to play for Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked if he would rotate his squad for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday at his pre-match press conference.

Solskjaer made wholesale changes in the previous round and insists the prospect of facing United’s bitterest rivals has not altered his thinking that much.

We’ll rotate that’s for sure,” said Solskjaer. But we’ll put a decent team together of course and a team that I feel can win the game.

Of course the focus is now on the FA Cup. We know it’s a difficult tie. Anyone can have an easy cup run – I’m not one of those, I never get an easy cup run!

I’m never going to watch another draw again, we always seem to pick out the difficult opponents!


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Elsewhere in the briefing, Solskjaer namechecked four attackers – Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Edinson Cavani and Mason Greenwood – but failed to mention Odion Ighalo.

He hasn’t played since being thrown on late off the bench against Paris Saint-Germain in December and will depart the club at the end of the month.

Ighalo was on the bench in the previous round against his former club Watford, but was not used by Solskjaer.

And Solskjaer’s promise to rotate again on Sunday may just see him named among the 20-man squad for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s side.

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This weekend’s game surely represents his last chance to play in a red shirt.

He hasn’t been in a Premier League squad since October’s trip to Newcastle, with Cavani’s arrival effectively killing his hopes of involvement.

It would be a surprise to see Solskjaer start him but Ighalo might be involved from the bench.

His physical presence may cause Liverpool’s makeshift defence problems if Solskjaer decides to give some of his regular forwards the evening off.

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Ighalo will be hoping for a farewell appearance to cap his dream move to United.

Nobody could fault his effort. He came into Old Trafford with the club in a tricky spot regarding a lack of firepower last season.

Ighalo was handed very little preparation time but proved a handy alternative to Anthony Martial and netted five goals from February onwards.

It hasn’t happened for him this season and if he doesn’t play on Sunday, it seems as if the last action of his United career will be that late, late cameo against PSG.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.