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EPL: Ole Gunnar Gives Update On Odion Ighalo Ahead Of Manchester United Clash With Chelsea

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Manchester United Coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conference ahead of premier league game against Chelsea
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On Odion Ighalo: “I never said he was gonna be ready to play on Monday, he’ll be involved with us and he will travel down with us.
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“Now he’s out of that two week period, precaution and just a precaution we made and let’s see if he’s involved or not.
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“We’ve kept in touch with him and of course we’ve done our own programme, he’s done his, and it was always gonna be a case of him having to integrate having been out in China and needs to get used to the players, and the team, up to speed as quick as he can, he’s been working really hard. I think he is probably pinching himself at times at his favourite club at the age of 30 but he’s earned that one and hopefully he impresses us so we can see him play.”
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♦️message to Odion Ighalo critics: “The injury to Marcus Rashford, it has to be said, we needed another forward and when we got the chance to get Odion on a loan that was for us a goalscorer, top scorer African Cup of Nations last year, yeah he can help the club, he is a very professional player, good lad and will give something to the group.”
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♦️On Odion Ighalo playing on Monday: “Well, it didn’t take me too long… I didn’t have a training session to come on. As a striker you get thrown on out there and it might be he’ll have to come off the bench and get us a goal and he does whatever he’s done.”
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♦️Injury update: “Don’t think we’ll get anyone back for the Chelsea game ready.
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“Scotty, Axel, Tim they didn’t join too much so they are not ready to play that game. Paul is not ready, of course.”
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♦️On coping without Marcus Rashford: “How do you go about without playing with Marcus, Paul, Scott, you deal with it. Players are gonna get a chance, had a great rest, it has been beneficial for absolutely everyone in the squad, individually, the team, but other teams and the league.
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“Quality of the football will improve, Jan and Dec was relentless for us, it’s a good move by the authorities to give us that weekend. At Man United you don’t get two weeks without games when you’ve got everyone, so it is up to the boys to show freshness that they have shown this week.”
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♦️On game against Chelsea: “Win gives us a three point gap, and that’s what we’ve got to aim for, played them twice this season and done well. Chelsea are a good team, at home but we’re gonna try and win the game, we’ve got to to give us more belief and more hope, we need to kick on.”
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♦️On Fred comment on Manchester United:”This group sticks together, don’t worry about that.
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“I haven’t seen the interview or don’t understand, seen him sat there in his kitchens, Fred knows this group wants to give everything together. I don’t know how to interpret what he said but no issues at all or the group not giving everything for each other.”
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♦️Asked if the goalless draw against Wolves made him sign Ighalo: “There’ll always be questions when there’s a 0-0, we were playing against a very, very good side and at the end of December/January, Anthony and Mason have played loads of games, we lacked that bit of spark, but Odion we hope adding that striker will give us a different type of striker, chance in games to rest Anthony or Mason, play in a different way maybe, to sign Odion wasn’t just on the back of those results. Wolves didn’t score against us in three games either and we know they’re a good team.”

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