Odion Ighalo confirmed his Manchester United exit with an emotional farewell to fans.
Unfortunately for the Nigerian striker, a full Stretford End is not something he got to see very often during his time at Manchester United, with the stadium closed to fans since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Still, the striker said his ‘dream comes to an end’ after his loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua expired.
Ighalo took to Instagram to show his appreciation to supporters after his time at Old Trafford had come to an end.
He said: “It’s hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the flory for helping me fulfil this life long dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club.
“It was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.”
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It’s was a pleasure. Once a Red, always a Red🔴🔴🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/uXVqIXxsAf
— Odion Jude Ighalo (@ighalojude) January 26, 2021
Ighalo initially joined the Red Devils for six months, last January, and earned an extension.
The extension came but United improved and there wasn’t much game time for the Nigerian. This season he’s made just two starts so the ultimate aim for Ighalo now should be to get back on the pitch doing what he does best.
His final appearance for the club came as a substitute in the home defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League last month.
While Ighalo is still contracted at Shanghai until the end of the year, I wouldn’t be surprised if he pushed for a move to play in America at some sort. David Beckham and Phil Neville may even look for his services in Miami…