Manchester United’s deadline day signing Odion Ighalo is expected to go straight into their squad for Monday Night Footballs clash with Chelsea next week, despite him missing their recent warm weather camp due to travel restrictions.
The 30 year old who’s return to the Premier league came as a shock, when United agreed a loan deal with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua on the final day of the recent transfer window did not head out with the rest of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer squad due to concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak.
The concern wasn’t regarding his health as such more his eligibility to return back into the UK with the rest of the squad since he had recently arrived from China where the first cases of the virus were reported.
However, the United boss was quick to confirm his new recruit would be in the squad to take on Chelsea in their first game after the Winter Break.
“Yeah, he is going to travel with us,” he told club media. “We will just see his fitness work this week and I think we will get him sharp.
“We want to integrate him as quickly as we can because, of course, he is desperate to play for us.
In the meantime, the clubs Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has spoken to a forum of United supporters about how the summer will be an “important opportunity” in the clubs current rebuilding process whilst acknowledging the club are not yet where we want to be” in challenging for titles.
Woodward who along with the Manchester United board of directors have come in for plenty of criticism lately continued to say;
“The signing this week of Bruno Fernandes and return of key players from injury will be a boost to Ole and the squad as we head into the second half of the season,” Woodward said in remarks read at the meeting.
“We remain in contention in the Europa League and the FA Cup, as well as for Champions League qualification, so there is still lots to play for.
“However, as a club and a board, we do recognise that we are not yet where we want to be. It is the overwhelming priority of everyone at the club to get us back to regularly challenging for Premier League and Champions League titles.
“Our recruitment process focuses on analysis and selection of players over the course of a season, with a view to the following summer transfer window. As part of the rebuild, we see this coming summer as an important opportunity.”
That rebuilding process will start at Stamford Bridge on Monday 17th feb when they take on the current Premier League fourth placed holders Chelsea.