Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed he may look to sign Odion Ighalo permanently in the summer transfer window.
The Nigerian netted again in United’s Europa League last-16 first-leg win over LASK Linz on Thursday night scoring the first goal of a 5-0 thrashing in Austria.
Ighalo has done well since joining on loan from Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua in January and the former Super Eagles striker is currently averaging a direct goal contribution every 64 minutes.
And Solskjaer has now hinted that he may look to make Ighalo’s switch permanent, insisting that they will still need the skillset that the 30-year-old offers next season.
“Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself,” Solskjaer said.
“And he will improve and get better but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season, so let’s see what we will do.
“He’s a goalscorer and a striker, he doesn’t worry too much about all that nonsense; build-up play – that’s a joke, obviously.
“He knows his job and what his role in the team is, and he’s very good with his back to goal, great link player, but maybe the best thing about him is his personality, so he’s got the whole lot really.
“He had three touches before his fourth was the finish. All the touches were high quality but he had to make them to create space for himself.
“But the strike is on the half-volley, great timing, no one would have saved that one so anyone would have been proud of that finish.”
The Norwegian coach has repeatedly hinted already that he may look to sign the former Watford frontman permanently.