Manchester United are trying to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal that expires on May 31. Discussions with his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua is at an impasse.
United has expressed their desire to keep the 30-year-old for a longer time. However, Shenhua has resisted all their approaches. The good news is that Marcus Rashford is close to returning from injury. According to sources Solskjaer is “relaxed” about the situation, since Rashford will return to the squad soon.
The Chinese Super League re-starts in June, and Shanghai Shenhua needs to have their striker back in time for the start of the season. The Nigerian striker will miss the remaining nine Premier League games, but also the rest of the FA Cup and Europa League campaigns. Solskjaer wants to add another striker to the team and will be given money to spend in order to obtain the players that he desires.
Manchester United should just let Ighalo leave and go back to his club. Not only are they his parent club, the fact the Chinese Super League season will start in June means that they need him. Obviously it would be difficult for them to obtain a replacement before the 12th of June which will be their first match. So this is a no win situation it seems like for United.
Rashford will back soon anyway so I wouldn’t worry about it. Its not like we have any long-term injuries to other strikers where we would really need to keep Ighalo. I believe we’ll be fine when you also consider that we’re coming to the end of the season, and we’re also on a hot winning streak of 11 games undefeated.