Odion Ighalo bids farewell to Manchester United in a post on Instagram, saying his time at Old Trafford was an honour and he will always cherish.
The Nigerian striker’s loan deal with United will come to an end on January 31, and he is set to return to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.
The 31-year-old was previously linked up with the Red Devils in January 2020 which saw his loan extended after a solid start at Old Trafford.
But, Ighalo has seen playing time limited this season, and he has made only just four appearances in all competitions.
In a heartfelt post on Instagram, Ighalo extended his gratitude to those at Old Trafford who helped make his year at the club a memorable one.
“It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong 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,” he said.
“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.”
Ighalo is set to have plenty of suitors, one of his agents spoke to BBC Sport earlier this month: “I can confirm that some Premier League clubs, two teams outside of England and some clubs in the Middle East have made enquiries.”
Previously, Ighalo had opened the door to a move to Major League Soccer.
“Of course, he said [in an interview] that the MLS could be lovely, but that is just an option outside of the big interest received so far,” his representative added.
“For now, he’s still a Man Utd player on loan from China where he still has a contract. He could stay in England where his family is based or a new club because he has many options to ponder on”