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Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by ogbiwa: 7:53am On Feb 06
Odion Ighalo says he was so desperate to join Manchester United he took a pay cut to make the deal happen and did not sleep the night it was agreed.

The 30-year-old Nigeria forward has joined United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

The ex-Watford player says his mum cried at the news and there were parties on the street where he grew up.

"A few other clubs had shown interest, I said: 'Please, just pick United, if it's going to be possible,'" he said.

Speaking to the club website, he added: "At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors' room and hit his door.

"'My agent wants to speak to you. United are coming for me, you have to make this happen.'"

Ighalo, his agent and the clubs spent the night negotiating and signing paperwork to get it through before the deadline at 7am Shanghai time.

Meanwhile, other clubs were calling asking Ighalo to sign for them.

"I told my agent 'this is what I want. I want to come here'," added Ighalo.

"He said: 'You're going to get a pay cut to go to United.'

"I said: 'I don't care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don't care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen.'"

Ighalo says he has been a United fan since he was a child and is pleased to be able to make the his dream of playing for the Old Trafford club a reality.

"I called my mum and she was happy, crying," he said.

"I know many people used to say when they join a team, they say that they dream of playing for that team. Mine was not the case. I supported the team when I was young.

"People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Manchester United, I support them."

With Marcus Rashford recovering from a stress fracture and Anthony Martial having scored once in his past five Premier League games, Ighalo hopes his physicality can aid the United forward line.

"I'm very fast, I'm skilful, I'm strong, I have good techniques, so I can find my way in the field of play," he said.

"They have a striker that stays mostly in the middle, but Martial likes to come from the side, even Rashford, so you need someone in the middle that can keep the ball, hold the ball.

"They need a physicality up front to keep the ball, to give and to make some movement, which I believe if everything goes well I can add to the team."
https://www.bbc.com/sport/football/51383589

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by logon599: 7:53am On Feb 06
Seems he really wants to play for United. I wish him success there.

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by JeffreyD1(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
logon599:
Seems he really wants to play for United. I wish him success there


He is a long time united fans speaking about grace


I wish Odion all the best at United Amen

The crisis rocking United will never affect his performance Amen

He will perform to shut all his critics Amen

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Miracle4Sure: 8:01am On Feb 06
Grace Man

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by PureGoldh(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
Oluwa go see you through bro......Soar higher

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Edddie(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
The way the present Man Utd is; Ighalo can only score a goal when they are playing against Tranmere rovers

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by israelmao(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
It's really a worthy venture.

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by bigstan11787(m): 8:01am On Feb 06
First Nigerian player in Manchester United senior team

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by sotall(m): 8:02am On Feb 06
undecided
Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Roon9(m): 8:02am On Feb 06
Haaa baba we heard its 63 million naira weekly. In fact some guys on nl attested they saw you pocketing the first payment last week.
Ighalo or not we are trashing you guys on the 17th. I just pray Arizzabaruwa is on the bench for that one




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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by olukaygold(m): 8:02am On Feb 06
Success in your Career bro

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Mistaicey2288(m): 8:03am On Feb 06
Nice... Welcome ro the Theatre Of Dreams Odion Ighalo. Yes! It's only a love to play for United could have made him accept a deal where he earns 100k pounds per week whereas, he was earning 300k pounds per week in China... I strongly believe this Man right here will definitely prove the haters wrong and I also believe that by the end of his loan spell at United, the team will be tempted to place him on a Permanent deal...

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Captainrambo2: 8:03am On Feb 06
Esan to the world wink congrats bro

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Yankiss(m): 8:03am On Feb 06
A dream come true is pleasing to the heart. Live your dream, Ighalo, inu go? Like Zainab Alkali said in STILL BORN, "Like children , not all dreams are born alife, some are aborted, others are still born"

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by AmazingDesigns: 8:03am On Feb 06
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Yeah. I watched the whole interview on YouTube yesterday. The whole 18 minutes of it.

People blast and for comment section. They said he jumped on the opportunity cos China league was suspended and he wouldn't have been able to play for 6 months.

Some persons also said that he's on loan which means Man U will pay part of his fee while his Chinese club will pay the rest. And that there is no pay cut.

But they're all madt. I believe Ighalo grin

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by fordunit(m): 8:03am On Feb 06
Interesting. We are still happy for you Ighalo.




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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Nbote(m): 8:04am On Feb 06
Why wont he take pay cut to play for United for 6months... Its not every day U get a chance to add a big club to ur CV

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Drabeey(m): 8:04am On Feb 06
Why not? You are already made. All you now need is the name.


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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by MANNABBQGRILLS: 8:04am On Feb 06
This was a thread we created 24 hours ago,
Anyways.......

All the very best in your New Club Odion.

Continue to bang in the Goals.......

Quoting Ighalo,
I told my agent 'this is what I want. I want to come here'," added Ighalo.

"He said: 'You're going to get a pay cut to go to United.'

"I said: 'I don't care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don't care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen.'"


Ighalo (below) was pictured wearing a Manchester United shirt during his childhood.....

BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU DO AND DO WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN!

Believe in your dreams guys....
One day.....it will come true!!

NEVER GIVE UP!


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Lol cheesy
You are funny man.
First of all,
We love your moniker (that is our middle name!)
Yours should be in the Top 2, (if not number one) of our favourite monikers on Nairaland, how come we are seeing your moniker for the very first time?

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by lekankolade(m): 8:04am On Feb 06
The only reason I can start watching Man U play..... I can’t wait for his debut match

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by salt1: 8:04am On Feb 06
Dreams come true!
Oluwa!

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by money121(m): 8:04am On Feb 06
Congrat
Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by sauceEEP(m): 8:04am On Feb 06
Go and surprise the fans with your performance.

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Jerryembassy91(m): 8:05am On Feb 06
Surely dreams come true with consistent pushing..

To everyone out there with big dream ...I say to you this morning don’t relent keep pushing you are just very close...

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by dimexy247(m): 8:05am On Feb 06
Goodluck bro
Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by shaklisco(m): 8:05am On Feb 06
good luck bro

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by OakConsultNG: 8:05am On Feb 06
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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by OhiOfIhima: 8:05am On Feb 06
Forever United... Congrats brother

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Re: Odion Ighalo: I Took Pay Cut To Secure Manchester United Move by Mixial: 8:05am On Feb 06
cheesy

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