I took a pay cut to join Manchester United - Odion Ighalo



Odion Ighalo reveals he was so eager to join Manchester United he had to take a pay cut to make the deal happen and did not sleep the night till the deal was agreed.

Nigeria forward joined United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of the season.

Ighalo says his mum cried at the news of him joining United and there were parties on the street where he grew up.

He stated that "Few other clubs had shown interest, I said: 'Please, just pick United, if it's going to be possible,'" he said.

While speaking to United's website, he added: "At 11 pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors' room and hit his door.

"My agent wants to speak to you. United are coming for me, you have to make this happen."

Ighalo, his agent and the clubs spent the night negotiating and signing paperwork to get it through before the deadline at 7 am Shanghai time.

Meanwhile, other clubs were calling asking Ighalo to sign for them.

"I told my agent 'this is what I want. I want to come here'," added Ighalo.

"He said: 'You're going to get a pay cut to go to United. I said: 'I don't care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don't care how much is the pay cut, I know that, make it happen.'"

Ighalo explained how he has been a United fan since he was a child and is pleased to be able to make his dream of playing for the Old Trafford club a reality.

"I called my mum and she was happy, crying," he said.

"I know many people used to say when they join a team, they say that they dream of playing for that team. Mine was not the case. I supported the team when I was young.

"People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Manchester United, I support them."

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