Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo has been officially given the no.25 shirt number at Manchester United, after he joined Old Trafford on deadline day from Shenhua.
Antonio Valencia was the last player that wore the no.25 shirt, he left Old Trafford in the summer after spending 10-season as a United player.
A loan move for Ighalo was completed on Friday and he’s expected to add experience to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for the remainder of this season.
We are anticipating Odion Ighalo’s debut when Manchester United will play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday 17 February.
The game will be followed by Europa League against Club Brugge and a third game against his former club Watford.
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What Solskjaer think abut Ighalo?
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Odion will add more power in the attack.
“He is a different type of striker and he is a proven goalscorer,” Ole said. “He has a physical presence. Also he gives us a chance to rest Mason and Anthony.
“We have so many games to come. We want to go far in the Europa League and FA Cup and we have league games to go so it was important we had another type of striker to use.”
Ighalo has previous worn the no.25 shirt during 2012/13 season at Granada.
In the history of Manchester United, there are eight players who have worn the no.25 shirt.
Gary Walsh, Kevin Pilkington, Jordi Cruyff, Quinton Fortune have all worn the no.25 shirt for Manchester United.
In 2009, Antonio Valencia was given the no.25 shirt and he wore it for 9 of his 10 season at Old Trafford.