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Manchester United and Chelsea were both keen on signing a new striker during the January transfer window, but while the Blues failed to make any signings, United sealed a loan deal for former Watford striker Odion Ighalo on transfer deadline day.
The 30-year-old Nigerian signed for United from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
United are misfiring in front of goal since the injury to Marcus Rashford, and Shanghai Shenhua boss Quique Sanchez Flores has warned that Ighalo won’t be fit to play against Chelsea when both sides return from the winter break.
“Mainly, the problem is how they train in China. It is not the same as in England,” Sanchez Flores said in an interview with The Athletic.
“Is he really ready for first-team matches in the Premier League because the physical difference is so big? He probably needs one month to recover the full rhythm.
“The good thing is he knows his body well, works hard on injury prevention and he is always working after training.
“I should say, also, that I felt in China, he gave exactly the same effort and quality as he gave me four years ago.
“We had the feeling in China that he could recover a high level with any team in Europe.”