The striker is expected to team up with the Red Devils after agreeing to a loan switch, much to the delight of his countrymen.
The home support has continued to mount for Odion Ighalo after the retired Super Eagles star became the first Nigerian to join the Manchester United senior team.
Manchester United sealed a temporary move for the former Nigeria international on transfer deadline day as a backup to injured England international Marcus Rashford. The Shanghai Shenhua forward will lineup for the Old Trafford giants until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Manchester United fans are divided over the signing of the former Watford man, with some accepting the move as a shrewd move considering the circumstances. In contrast, others are displeased with the choice of Rashford’s replacement.
Nigerian fans are, however, delighted with many looking forward to finally seeing one of their own appear in the famous red colours of the Old Trafford giants.
Many are aware of the exploits of a striker who emerged as the top scorer at the 2019 African Cup of Nations, a tournament that also had Liverpool’s duo of Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah in attendance. Ighalo has also scored 15 goals or more in each of his last four seasons.
Nigerians have taken to Twitter to celebrate Ighalo on his new move.
Odion Ighalo will be the first Nigerian to play for Manchester United in the club's history.
Favour over Labour pic.twitter.com/mOq2GDMGMs
— NetBet Nigeria (@Netbet_NG) February 1, 2020
Odion Ighalo is now a Red. First Nigerian to wear senior Manchester United shirt.
Welcome to theatre of dreams.
Make us proud. pic.twitter.com/JaqtCaMEy1
— Scholar (@the_scholar1) February 1, 2020
— BalthassarBàbáNlá (@BalthassarG) February 1, 2020
Good Morning world, Regardless of your Club, if you know you are ighalo FC quickly like this tweet, I will follow all ✌✌ pic.twitter.com/pHA1oDXTpi
— OMOTAYO Of Lagos 🇳🇬 (@Tee_Classiquem1) February 1, 2020
Ighalo United still sounds like a dream!
United fans plz Retweet we need to talk!! What in the world is going on 🤔🤔 pic.twitter.com/ISHBlYKFnK
— 🇳🇬WOLEXZ TRICKS 💯🇳🇬 (@wolexz_tricks) February 1, 2020
I have never printed my name (or any) on my jerseys before…..
But God knows I'm getting IGHALO on my back now! 🤸🏿♂️🤸🏿♂️🤸🏿♂️
— DaSaCrEd1 #MUFC (@odigieslim) February 1, 2020
Odion Ighalo will do his best for our club. I'm not speaking because he's Nigerian like me, but because I love my club.
Good luck to him.
— Chinedu EndSARS Memeh™🇳🇬 (@ChineduMemeh) February 1, 2020
The spirit of a true brother.
Man United shall feel the vibe from Nigeria. The maximum support from here would be "a never seen before" they wan try ?https://t.co/3SIO5uUbz0
— Eight12seven (@Imakuleteagle) February 1, 2020
Ighalo was a massive hit in Watford, got a move to make massive money in China, built one of the most beautiful houses in the whole of Nigeria and now signs for United.
That is the God Ighalo serves !!!
— …. (@kobecreamy) February 1, 2020
So happy for ighalo
— Y$L (@yomisl_) February 1, 2020
Across all clubs in his career so far, Ighalo has scored 131 goals from 322 appearances.