Manchester United have assigned jersey number 25 to Odion Ighalo, who joined the club for a short-term loan from Shanghai Shenhua.
The club made the jersey number known in a tweet to advertise Ighalo’s jersey. Ighalo missed United’s draw with Wolves on Saturday, due to his loan move only being confirmed late on deadline day.
But despite the start of the winter break, the 30-year-old was expected to report for training duty on Monday.
Ighalo arrived in Manchester from China on Sunday following his transfer deadline-day switch from Shanghai Shenhua.
The 30-year-old former Watford star, who grew up as a United fan, joined the Old Trafford club for the remainder of the season as cover for the injured Marcus Rashford.
Ighalo turned down another Premier League club to join United and has set his sights on lifting Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s troubled side back towards the Premier Leagues top four.
The Nigeria international scored 16 times in 55 Premier League appearances for Watford before moving to Changchun Yatai in January 2017, and then Shanghai Shenhua two years later.
“It’s been crazy you know,” Ighalo told Sky Sports News.
“I’m happy to be in Manchester first and this is a great opportunity for me. “I’m grateful to God and to my agent and to the coach who’s given me the opportunity to be here, to walk out with the team and finish very well this season.
“It’s a dream come true because since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed about Man United. But this is reality now, so I can’t say much until I get started.”
Meanwhile, Gary Neville believes that United’s last-minute loan deal for Ighalo underlines their poor planning in the transfer market.
In response to the video, one fan wrote: ‘I’m not buying anything until you start winning games consistently,’ while another added: ’25 goals he’s gonna score for Manchester United.’
Ighalo has joined Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side until the end of the season. Speaking following the confirmation of the move last week, Solskjaer 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.