Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Odion Ighalo will be involved against Watford

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held his pre-match press conference ahead of Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Watford this afternoon.

During the briefing, which was streamed at 1:30pm on United’s official app, he was asked about Odion Ighalo.

Ighalo is due to return to China when his loan spell expires at the end of the month.

He wasn’t in the squad for Wednesday night’s 2-0 loss against Manchester City but Solskjaer said he would be involved against his old club.

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“Odion, it’s special for him against Watford, he will be involved, he’s in the squad,” said Solskjaer.

“He’s been training really well, he was the top scorer in round robin we just finished. He’s not lost any of his quality, it’s been difficult for him to be out of the squad as many times as he has because he did really well up until the summer.

“This season he’s not had as many opportunities and not let himself down as a professional and a human being.

“He’s always a positive influence in the dressing room. Hopefully I don’t need to put him on in that we need goals, but hopefully he can join in.”

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Ighalo said earlier this week he was hoping to play against his former employers.

It would be a nice way for him to end his United spell, if it proves to be his final outing in a red shirt.

A goal would be a fitting end to Ighalo’s time with United. He was never the ideal signing but he gave his all and showed how much he loves the club.

United go into the game looking to recover from the 2-0 EFL Cup defeat against Manchester City on Wednesday.

Tomorrow’s game represents an opportunity to kickstart United’s bid for another trophy, as Solskjaer’s search for his first piece of silverware in charge goes on.

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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.