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"A few other clubs had shown interest", he said in an interview with MUTV.

Ighalo's arrival at Carrington (United's training ground) has generated divided opinion within the soccer community, with many critics skeptical of his chances at becoming a hit at Old Trafford.

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.

He bagged 33 goals in 82 Premier League appearances for Watford from 2014 to 2017.

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.

Is Ighalo worth the fee? .

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.

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