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The Chelsea player who will have to deal with Odion Ighalo’s new Manchester United threat

Odion Ighalo’s move to Manchester United was the shock transfer of the January window.

While Chelsea were keen for a striker, the Red Devils appeared desperate for one after failing to entice Erling Haaland from RB Leipzig.

The Blues failed to bring anyone in, but former Watford striker Ighalo made the switch to Old Trafford on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

Despite training on his own for the first couple of weeks, the 30-year-old is set to be in United’s squad for the massive Premier League game against Chelsea on Monday night.

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“I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday,” Solskjaer said. “He’ll be involved with us and he’ll travel down with us. Now he’s out of that two-week period – a precaution we made. He’ll travel with us and let’s see if he’s involved or not.

“We’ve kept in touch with him and, of course, we’ve done our own programme, he’s done his. And it was always going to be a case of him having to integrate to the group, anyway, having been out in China, and he needs to get used to the players and the team and up to speed as quick as he can.

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“But he’s been working really hard, I think he’s probably pinching himself at times, because he’s now at his favourite club at the age of 30. But he’s earned that one and hopefully he’ll impress us so we can see him play.

“The injury Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward and when we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was, for us, a goalscorer, top scorer Africa Cup of Nations last year. We thought, yeah, he can help the club. He’s a very professional player, a good lad and will give something to the group.”

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