Odion Ighalo has posted his farewell message on social media this evening after his contract expiration with Manchester United, searchsport.org reports.
It was a shocking move by Manchester United to go for Odion in the winter transfer window last season.
“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfill this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honor I will forever cherish and be grateful for,” Ighalo stated in an emotional post on Instagram.
“To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not, to my amazing team-mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time I look forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the LEAGUE and FA Cup this year.
“To the best fans in the world (the Manchester United fans) we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back on the stands.
“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red. Thank you Manchester United and God bless.”
It was a deadline day deal for Odion, who has loved United since his childhood.
Odion Ighalo winter transfer move was possible due to the injury Marcus Rashford has. It forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to get a temporary striker in Odion. A loan move to the Old Trafford not impossible.
Odion proved to be a reliable replacement for Marcus Rashford as he went on to scored a total of 5 goals in all competitions in the second half of the season.
This made Manchester United to extend Odion’s loan deal through the opening half of the current campaign. Odion will have wished the loan deal was not extend because since then he has been used a little by Ole.
He has been involved in a very little games, all from the bench. All resulting to just 10 minutes in the Premier League and Champions League combined.
Odion is due to return to his parent club in Shanghai Shenhua. There are several reports that Ighalo will return to English football.