Published: Sun, February 16, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Solskjaer won't guarantee Ighalo will play against Chelsea

Solskjaer won't guarantee Ighalo will play against Chelsea

With United still in both the FA Cup and Europa League, there is every possibility he could fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to glory.

According to British media reports, the 30-year-old landed in Manchester from the novel virus-hit city of Shanghai on January 31 (final day of transfer deadline) following a loan deal signed by the Red Devils from China Super League club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

"I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday", Ole said at a press conference on Friday.

"He'll be involved with us and travel down with us".

'As part of the rebuild we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.

Club supporters are also split over Solskjaer, with some preferring to give him more time, while others are keen to see a more experienced coach work with the team.

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo

Following a drab 0-0 draw with Wolves at Old Trafford before the winter break, United sit eighth in the table on 35 points, 38 behind runaway leaders Liverpool and on course to gather fewer points than their previous lowest tally of 64 in 2013-2014.

"He's done his [training programme] and it was always going to be a case of him having to integrate into the group anyway after having been out in China".

The Nigerian player has still not trained with the main team ever since his arrival, he is training in a separate facility away from the club's Carrington training centre.

Solskjaer will have a refreshed group after spending a week in Marbella for a warm weather camp, although Scott McTominay, Axel Tuanzebe and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are still unavailable despite returning to training. "And Paul is not ready, of course".

"We needed another forward and when we got the chance to get Odion on a loan, that was for us a goalscorer".

The Red Devils head into that game looking to put right their stuttering form, with Solskjaer's side now eighth and six points behind Chelsea FC.

Last month the warmest January recorded on Earth, US agency says
Until now, 2016 was the hottest year with the global-average temperature being 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit or 0.99 degrees Celsius. In the preceding 12 months - February 2019 to January 2020 - average temperatures were well above the 1981-2010 average.

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