Solskjaer explains why Utd signed Ighalo

English Premier League

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why the Red Devils signed Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo on Deadline Day.

Just before the transfer window slammed shut, United surprised many by signing the former Super Eagles on loan for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.

Ighalo is set to join up with the squad over the mid-season break and the Red Devils manager says the Nigerian brings a lot of experience to the side.

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“It was very important,” Solskjaer told MUTV.

“I thought, with Marcus [Rashford] out for so long, the demands on Anthony [Martial] and Mason [Greenwood] would be high. We get an experienced goalscorer, top scorer in the Africa Cup of Nations last season. He's a man with a big smile, a great personality and a big Manchester United fan.

“He's going to savour this, enjoy this and give absolutely everything for us.”

Before the draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Solskjaer sang the 30-year-old's praises.

“In Odion we will get a proper man, a great lad, a good goalscorer," Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

"It’s not long ago he was top scorer in the African Cup of Nations.

“I know him from way back when he was playing in Norway 10-12 years ago, his career has developed since then and he gives us a different option up front.

"I'm delighted that he wanted to come for a few months. It's from now until the end of the season on loan and it's great to have him around.

"He's a Man United fan and he'll give everything, on and off the pitch."