The Nigerian striker is reaching the end of his loan contract from Shanghai Shenhua and is interested in a potential MLS switch.
on a loan deal fromShanghai Shenhua
in the last year’s January transfer window. Despite being used mainly as a substitute, the 31-year-old scored five goals for the Red Devils in their 2019-20 campaign. The English side extended Ighalo’s loan contract until the end of 2020 but he has been struggling to get game time in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team in their current campaign. Ighalo will return to Shanghai at the end of the month but has hinted the United States as his possible next destination.
"I have been watching MLS and the league is doing well and I would like to play in the MLS,
" He told
"I have to wait for offers and if the opportunity arises, I will take it because the league is doing well and it is a good life and I would love it.
"Lots of players go there. Even Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus is there, also Giovanni dos Santos. Why not? I would like to go there if an opportunity arises. Being an experienced player, going there, doing well. It is an opportunity if it comes for me.
"The David Beckham club [Inter Miami] is growing, so if an opportunity arises why not?"
Asked about his period at Old-Trafford, Ighalo responded:
"It was a good one and a tough one, before I came to United I never thought I would play," he said. "I'm a Reds fan.
"If you ask anybody where I grew up, we fight because of Manchester United. We quarrel and argue. So when my team didn't do well they would start to insult and argue with me and I cried. I can tell you I'm the happiest man on earth for my dream to come true, I fulfilled my dream.
"I remember the night my agent called me to tell me Manchester United wanted me, it was 10 or 11pm. Shanghai time. I was under my bed naked, I didn't sleep until daybreak.
"I don't care about a pay cut, I just want go to Manchester United because this is my dream. I was under my bed shivering and walking around my room and I did not sleep until 6am.
"I'm fulfilled as a football player, if I don't achieve anything from now when I finish my career I am fulfilled."