Ex-Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo spent a total of one year on loan at Manchester United and the striker has claimed he was handed an “unfair” amount of opportunities by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
And while the Nigerian striker continues to “love” the Red Devils, Ighalo admits he had to leave after he was regularly snubbed by Solskjaer.
“There wasn't much possibility because I wanted more playing time,” Ighalo told Sky Sports when asked if he could have extended his stay with United.
“At my age, I want to play and not just sit on the bench and not have any minutes.
“I didn't just want to be there picking up a salary – I wanted to be involved so I said to my agent that if an offer comes in, I will look at it and see what's best for me, which is what I did.
“I'm so happy that my path crossed with Manchester United – it's the club I love with all my heart and for all my life so playing for them was a big privilege that I do not take for granted.
“No matter the circumstances that led me to leave, I will always be grateful to the coach, my team-mates, the fans, and everyone around Manchester United.
“After my initial loan was extended, I did not play much which was perhaps a bit unfair but as I said, I am always grateful for the opportunity.”
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