Manchester United loanee Odion Ighalo has made a positive start since making his surprise move.

He has three goals in two starts and has looked threatening in each of his substitute appearances.

The move has kickstarted Ighalo’s career and raised his profile across the world, particularly back in Nigeria.

It has prompted ex-international Nwankwo Kanu to urge Ighalo to reverse the decision he made last summer to quit international football.

Kanu told Goal: “If he performs in Manchester United, we will ask him to come back and tell him to forget what he said. This is football and we have to watch and see how the situation would unfold. Not just Ighalo, Nigeria need whoever is in form.”


The striker finished as top scorer at the African Nations Cup last year, before announcing his decision to retire following the tournament.

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Could be the wrong move

Ighalo has to carefully consider his next move. Coming out of international retirement could be the wrong decision.

The 2021 African Nations Cup date has been moved back from the summer, to take place in January and February.

If Ighalo wants to earn a permanent move to Old Trafford, he should consider ensuring he stays retired from international football.

He becomes less valuable to United if he is not available for two months of next season.

While only a potential back up at United, the club will need him during January when the fixture list gets especially busy with league and cup games, as we saw this past year.

It’s good for Ighalo to be in demand. And if he doesn’t get his permanent United move, he might well consider capitalising on his popularity and have one last run with the Super Eagles.

At this point, he needs to stay focused on his club football, and do everything possible to try and stay at Old Trafford beyond June.

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