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Manchester United coach Solskjaer explains why he signed Odion Ighalo after moving on the deadline

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer indicated that new signing Odion Ighalo will provide a different outlet than his current options going forward. United sealed a short-term loan deal for the Nigerian striker on transfer deadline day.

After failing with moves to sign Erling Braut Haaland and Mario Mandzukic, they were subsequently linked with Edinson Cavani.

But Paris Saint-Germain refused to let him leave for less than £25million, which was more than United were willing to pay.

Instead, surprisingly, their attention turned to Ighalo, who has been playing in the Chinese Super League for the last three years.

The former Watford striker has scored 46 goals in 72 league games in the far east.

United will reportedly pay £150,000-per-week of Ighalo’s wages after he joined on Friday night, just after the deadline had passed.

But Solskjaer believes that, once he comes into the fold, he will provide a different option going forward.

Marcus Rashford is likely to miss the next month through injury, having suffered from a back issue earlier in January.

That leaves United short of options up top, with Anthony Martial failing to deliver so far.

And Solskjaer will be hoping that Ighalo will be able to make the difference as the Red Devils try to push towards the Champions League players.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the boss said: “Odion is an experienced player.

“He will come in and give us an option of a different type of centre-forward for the short spell he’s staying with us.

“A great lad and very professional, he will make the most of his time here.”

Ighalo reportedly turned down the chance to join Tottenham in order to move to Old Trafford.

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