By Vizy Francis
Manchester United are reportedly hoping they can keep Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo until the end of the season.
The 30-year-old joined the Red Devils from Shanghai Shenhua on a six months loan deal earlier this year and against all odds, he became an instant hit for the club.
He has however scored four goals and created an assist in eight appearances across competitions before deadly coronavirus pandemic forced the league to go on suspension.
Ighalo’s short spell at Old Trafford expires in June but the Chinese Super League not ready for kick-off until maybe June or July, United are hoping they can keep him beyond his time.
SunSport quoting Manchester Evening News the Red Devils want the former Super Eagles star to stay with them until the Premier League is concluded.
Meanwhile, they appear to have rested on the chance to hand the former Watford star a permanent deal as they are confident Marcus Rashford would have returned from injury.
Manchester Evening News has confirmed that United and Ighalo’s agents have opened talks about his future but the club is yet to be given feedback by the player’s camp.
Simon Peach, a journalist, believes the forward’s future can only be decided by his parent club but insisted that Man United want the player to stay at Old Trafford.
He tweeted: “MUFC would like to extend Odion Ighalo’s stay at Old Trafford.
“The striker’s loan deal expires at the end of May but an extension for the rest of the season (assuming it restarts) depends on the situation at Shanghai Shenhua.
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— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 5, 2020