Odion Ighalo arrives for first Manchester United training session ahead of Chelsea fixture

Odion Ighalo has arrived at Carrington as he prepares to train with his new Manchester United teammates for the first time on Sunday.

The Nigerian forward completed a deadline day move to United two weeks ago but is yet to have trained with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Ighalo stayed in Manchester to undergo a fitness camp this week while the rest of Solskjaer’s first-team squad jetted off to Marbella for a warm weather training camp.

Although the club wanted to take Ighalo on their break United were concerned he might not be allowed back into the United Kingdom were he to leave the country and attempt to return. The concern was due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China and the UK’s tighter border restrictions on travellers who had been in China within the past 14 days.

The United squad only returned to Manchester on Friday and had a rest day on Saturday, before a final training session on Sunday ahead of facing Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday night.

“I never said he was going to be ready to play on Monday,” Solskjaer said of Ighalo at his pre-match press conference. “He’ll be involved with us and he’ll travel down with us. Now he’s out of that two-week period – a precaution we made. He’ll travel with us and let’s see if he’s involved or not.


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