"A few other clubs had shown interest", he said in an interview with MUTV.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looked at a variety of options and eventually completed a late loan deal for ex-Watford striker Ighalo, who has joined until the end of the season from Shanghai Shenhua.
He will reportedly earn only a third of his £300,000 (S$539,000) weekly wages in China.
The Chinese Football League is mostly known as a retirement plan for players, who have played around Europe.
As is apparently common when a media-trained player signs for a club, he often tells his new employers that it has always been his "dream" to play for them.
"First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it's just like a dream come true for me. And he said good things about me, which is good!", Manchester United's official website quoted Fernandes as saying. I would love to go. "So they need a physicality there up front to keep the ball, to give and to make some movement, which I believe, if everything goes well, I can add to the team", Ighalo said.
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"I told my agent "this is what I want. I think he's started the last eight games in this month, and he's running probably 20 per cent more than what he did when I came here", Solskjaer said".
"He's got his childhood dream to go play for his childhood club, so you have to tip your hat to him".
"So I said 25 is good even though I didn't get the number I was looking for". Make this deal happen.
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Ighalo, 30, moved to China in 2017, joining Changchun Yatai from Watford, before moving to Shanghai a year ago.
Ighalo drew the curtain on his global career at the end of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after emerging top scorer - equalling Yekini's record of a five-goal AFCON golden boot.
Manchester United have been handed a significant boost ahead of their Premier League clash with Chelsea on February 17 at Stamford Bridge.