Man Utd facing Odion Igahlo problem as striker could leave before end of season

Manchester United could face some of the remainder of the Premier League season without loan striker Odion Ighalo, with parent club Shanghai Shenhua keen to see him return to China.

Nigerian forward and Red Devils fan Ighalo has impressed during his brief stint at the club, scoring four goals so far.

Ighalo was only due to be at Old Trafford until May 31, by which time the season was expected to be wrapped up.

However, the coronavirus pandemic has seen all football across the world cancelled for the time being.

The Premier League has confirmed it will finish the current season, meaning fixtures are likely to go well into the summer, and potentially even beyond.

The situation in China, where the virus started, has actually started to get better, and the Chinese Super League is expected to return in the coming weeks.

And Shanghai Shenhua want their star striker back on their books.

The Times report that the Chinese club will turn down any offers from United to extend the loan deal, and will demand they sign him on a permanent deal instead.

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Solskjaer has hinted that he isn’t opposed to the prospect of signing Ighalo permanently, and has praised his goal scoring qualities.

“Odion has done really well since he came in and he’s enjoying himself,” the Norwegian 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 them 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.”

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