Manchester United posted a tweet through his official account: “He lived his childhood dream, wore the famous red shirt, scored at Old Trafford in front of the fans, he was the first Nigerian to represent the club, nothing will change that.”
The demons account continued: “Thank you and good luck, Odeon, you will always be a red player.”
Ighalo played a partial role last season, but his time at United actually ended with the arrival of Edinson Cavani at the club last October, as the Nigerian scored five goals in 19 games last season, including an FA Cup double in the victory over Derby County and a superb goal against Laske in European League.
For his part, the Nigerian striker Odeon Ighalo, the Manchester United striker, announced his departure from the Red Devils with an impressive farewell message on his account on the social networking site Instagram.
Ighalo is slated to return to his home club Shanghai Shenhua, although he has previously talked about the possibility of moving to the Major League Soccer in the United States.
After playing a partial role last season, Ighalo’s time at United effectively ended with Edinson Cavani’s arrival at the club last October.
Ighalo wrote on Instagram, saying, “It is very difficult to see this dream end, but I thank God for helping me fulfill my life dream of wearing the Manchester United shirt as a player and representing this wonderful club, it was truly an honor that I will cherish forever and I will be grateful to him.”
Manchester United signed with Ighalo on the last day of the winter transfer market in January, arriving as an initial loan deal for six months, and then his contract was extended for another seven months after his good contribution to the team.
The Nigerian scored five goals in 19 matches last season, including a double in the FA Cup in the victory over Derby County and a superb goal against Laske in the European League.
But his chances of participating were limited this season as Ighalo appeared on only four occasions with the club, and his last substitute appearance was in the 89th minute in the loss to Paris Saint-Germain at the beginning of December.
Nevertheless, Ighalo expressed his gratitude to his coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, for giving him the opportunity, and continued: “I thank the coach for his confidence in me and his belief in me at a time when many did not do so.”
He continued: “To my wonderful team-mates, I will miss you guys. It was always fun and I was looking forward to training and spending time with all of you. I pray to God that we win the League and the FA Cup this year.”
He completed: “To the best fans in the world, we lost you, but we hear your voices cheering us from afar. We cannot wait for you to return to the stands, I will forever be a fan of Manchester United, Manchester is red, always red, thank you.”