And the Nigeria international appears to have been written off before he’s even kicked a ball.
The common consensus is, though, that the 30-year-old will merely be a squad player at Old Trafford.
But that notion may not be correct. Instead, he may be given the role of first-team striker amid the struggles of Anthony Martial.
With Martial struggling, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may end up giving Ighalo the role of first-team striker instead.
The United boss is said to be privately happy with the signing of the former Super Eagles striker, who the club have kept tabs on for a number of years.
And, should Martial be chosen to play as well, both of them could line up as centre-forwards together.
GoalBall understand that Martial could be moved to the wing so that the Nigerian can take the centre-forward spot.
So there’s every chance the Red Devils will give Ighalo a surprising role during his brief spell with United.
And, should Ighalo impress, a permanent move could be forthcoming.