Former Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo can't stop scoring in Saudi Arabia
Odion Ighalo’s Manchester United adventure would be remembered a lot more fondly if the club actually had not extended his initial loan.
Ighalo scored four goals before the lockdown, and he added another in the June, just before his initial loan was scheduled to end.
But United extended his deal until the end of the following January, by which time he was like a spare part, overstaying his welcome. He was even snubbed for what he hoped might be a farewell appearance in the FA Cup against former side Watford.
Ighalo had offers from the Premier League from West Ham and West Brom, he told The Mail, but was unwilling to sign for another English club after realising his Manchester United dream. He headed to Saudi Arabia instead.
Odion Ighalo can’t stop scoring
Fortunately, it’s going pretty well for the striker right now. Odion Ighalo can’t stop scoring and is loving life, even making a mid-season switch between clubs.
Ighalo began this current season with Al Shabab, before joining Al Hilal. His record for both clubs has been impressive.
This season in totality, Ighalo has scored 27 goals in 37 games in all competitions, which includes 14 in 18 games for Al Hilal.
This past week Ighalo won the league’s player of the month award. His side currently sit second in the league, three points off the top, with three matches remaining.
After spending several months sitting on Manchester United’s bench, Ighalo wanted to sign for a club where he would play regularly, as well as being highly paid of course.
Now 32, Ighalo has achieved his dream of playing for United and now just wants to go and enjoy himself, and he is certainly doing so. Scoring 27 goals in a season is still an achievement, whatever level you are playing at.
There was no case for keeping him at Manchester United, but it is good to see he hasn’t just stopped playing, and while he is competing in a much weaker league, he is clearly enjoying his football and loving life, having selected a division where he can thrive.