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Odion Ighalo: First Man Utd approach? I thought it was a joke

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo admits their initial interest was met with disbelief.

Ighalo insists he initially thought the links to Manchester United were a joke, stating there were numerous factors against him.

The 30-year-old signed a six-month loan deal back in January, however, and has since extended his deal until January 2021.

"I thought it was a joke," Ighalo told Sky Sports. "I was playing in Shanghai. That was against me. Would a club as a big as United be looking in China for a striker? That was against me.

"My age. That was against me. There was a pandemic in China. That was against me. I said no this is a joke. Later when it got serious, I thought only when I fly to Manchester will I believe it."

He added: "When I signed, a lot of people doubted my ability. I never doubted myself and I knew what I could add to the team and I think I can still do more.

"People have not seen my best because I came in and my sharpness and fitness wasn't there, but I'm getting much better and I hope to finish the season really well."

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