When Manchester United announced they had signed Odion Ighalo last January, a player who was better known for his time at Watford a few years ago before moving to the Chinese league in 2017, it raised more than a few eyebrows. But with United struggling for forwards thanks to injuries, they were in need of someone else who could be used predominantly in cup games to allow rotation for the Premier League.

While he hasn’t set the world alight over the past year, he did the job that was required of him. Before lockdown, he scored in his full debut, followed by another four goals in his next three starts.

Once lockdown had finish, Marcus Rashford had returned to the team, and the Nigerian striker has been on the periphery.

However, he was living the dream at United as a boyhood fan, with memories still fresh of him going potty in front of the Stretford End following Scott McTominay’s late goal against City last March.

His loan deal has now come to an end and he has reflected on his time at the club.

It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for. To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not. To my amazing team-mate I will miss you guys, it was always fun… and I pray we win the league and FA Cup this year.

To the best fans in the world we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back in the stands. I’m still and will remain a Manchester United fan forever. Once a Red, always a Red. Thank you Manchester United and God bless.