The loan deal between former Super Eagles striker Odion Ighalo and Manchester United ends on May 31 and it will likely be extended to June 30 due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Ighalo’s parent club, Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, expect the Nigerian to return after his loan stay at Old Trafford finishes.
The Red Devils have the option to buy the 30-year-old on a permanent deal once his loan expires.
There’s no doubting the Nigeria international has made an excellent impression on United since joining in the last moments of the January transfer window.
After a bright start that has seen him hit four goals in his last five appearances, United are certainly looking at the options available to them and aren’t ruling out extending his time at Old Trafford.
For those who questioned bringing in a 30-year-old Ighalo who plays in China, what many couldn’t have appreciated is Ighalo’s desire, his love of Manchester United, and his adeptness at finding the back of the net.
His two goals against Derby, while not against top-line defenders, demonstrated his ability to convert opportunities that, perhaps, his fellow strikers at the club would have spurned.