Ighalo steps up preparations ahead of United debut against Chelsea

Blink and you’ll miss him: Odion Ighalo puts on his shooting boots as the new Manchester United striker ramps up his training… before quickly DELETING video of him banging them in

  • Odion Ighalo is a step closer to being ready for Manchester United action 
  • The Nigerian striker has been taking part in finishing drills on the training field
  • Ighalo uploaded a short video of his work, before quickly decided to delete it 
  • Ighalo is ramping up preparations in order to be fit in time to face Chelsea
  • The former Watford man sealed a deadline day loan switch from Shanghai

Odion Ighalo has taken a step closer to being ready for Manchester United action, after taking to the training ground to work on his finishing.

Ighalo is on a tailored programme to get him quickly up to speed at United, following his transfer deadline day loan switch from Shanghai Shenhua.

The 30-year-old uploaded footage of himself putting in the hard work on Wednesday, as he bids to quickly return to Premier League standard and slot into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans, yet strangely decided to delete it from the internet moments after publishing.

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Odion Ighalo is getting stuck into training as he prepares for his Manchester United debut

The former Watford man signed for United on deadline day in a £3million loan switch

Ighalo is on a tailored programme to get him quickly up to speed at United ahead of his debut

The former Watford man could be seen receiving passes to feet in a short video, before turning on the ball and shooting first time at goal. The footage stayed online for a matter of minutes before the striker then decided to take it down.

Ighalo is yet to meet his new United team-mates, with Solskjaer’s squad currently undertaking a warm weather training camp in Malaga. 

United opted not to take their latest recruit straight to the Spanish camp, amid fears he would not be allowed back into the country due to tightening of national security following the outbreak of Coronavirus.

Ighalo showed his power and accuracy as he repeatedly picked out the back of the net

Ighalo didn’t travel to the Malaga camp but instead stayed in Manchester to work alone

Solskjaer immediately told fans of his decision, following Ighalo’s touching down in the UK.

”Odion [Ighalo] will stay in Manchester, because since he’s coming from China in the last 14 days and the news of the virus there we’re not sure if he’s going to be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again, so he’s staying here working with a personal coach, individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well,’ said the Norwegian. 

United resume action on February 17, when they go up against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (left) is preparing to hand Ighalo his debut when United face Chelsea

The two teams last met on the opening day of the season, when Solskjaer bathed in the glory of a commanding 4-0 win and looked set to start the campaign on a high.

Six points now currently separate the teams, with Chelsea clinging on to fourth spot in the table while United wallow in eighth.

The United main squad currently remain in Malaga, where the Red Devils were handed a boost after Scott McTominay was deemed fit enough to join in the action.

The sessions have also featured an appearance from Nathan Bishop, the new goalkeeper who made the move from Southend during the January transfer window. 




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