Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo, has opened up on how he was treated unfairly by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during his time at Manchester United.
Ighalo joined the Red Devils in January 2020 on a six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua where he scored five goals in as many starts, a form that saw his loan extended until January 2021.
However, the 31-year-old started just two games this season before departing. Though Ighalo says he continues to “love” the Red Devils but admits he had to leave after he was regularly snubbed by Solskjaer.
“There wasn’t much possibility because I wanted more playing time,” Ighalo told Sky Sports when asked if he could have extended his stay with United.
“At my age, I want to play and not just sit on the bench and not have any minutes.
“I didn’t just want to be there picking up a salary – I wanted to be involved so I said to my agent that if an offer comes in, I will look at it and see what’s best for me, which is what I did.
“After my initial loan was extended, I did not play much which was perhaps a bit unfair but as I said, I am always grateful for the opportunity.”