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What this Nigerian international said when he left Man United

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Nigerian international Odion Ighalo has confirmed his Man Utd exit with a heartfelt farewell message to the fans and the club.

The former Watford striker had a shock move to Man United as a stop-gap in the January window last year where he got little chances to prove what he can offer. That did not last longer than the arrival of Edison Cavani at the club.

He scored five goals in 19 appearances last season (only seven of which were as a starter), including a brace in the FA Cup win over Derby and a thumping strike against LASK in the Europa League.

Odion Ighalo wrote a touching farewell message on social media as his loan with the Red Devils is due to come to an end this month without any talks of an extension.

He is expected to return to parent club Shanghai Shenhua but he might avoid a return if he is able to secure deals as clubs in the Premier League and the Major League Soccer in the U.S are reported to be interested in his service.

Writing on Instagram, Ighalo said: “It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end. But I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this lifelong dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club.

“It was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.”

He also showed appreciation to Man United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the opportunity.

“To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not,” he continued.

“To my amazing team-mates, I will miss you guys. It was always fun and I looked forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the League and FA Cup this year.

“To the best fans in the world, we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar. We can’t wait to have you back in the stands.”

He added: “I will remain a Manchester United fan forever. Once a red, always a red.

“Thank you Manchester United and God bless.”

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What Roy Keane said to Dean Henderson revealed

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The Red Devils legend Roy Keane has spoken of the dangers for goalkeeper Dean Henderson if he continues to stay with Man United without regular playing time.

Roy Keane argues that a promising goalkeeper like the England international needs to be seen regularly in games and that might not be given to him at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils legend is not the first to make such a claim, as England national team manager Gareth Southgate already gave his advice by stating that Dean Henderson must secure regular playing time at his club before he can stand the chance of playing for the country.

Dean Henderson had made attempts to leave Manchester United but the club’s chiefs are not ready to lose a player with such top quality and ended up securing a new and improved deal for him to remain at the club.

The 23-year-old will only have the opportunity of stepping in between the sticks if David de Gea picks up an injury as the Spanish goalkeeper has been established as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one.

According to Roy Keane, a player who starred in two loan spells at Sheffield United deserves better than a second choice goalkeeper at the Old Trafford as he laments that there are no chances he would be leaving anytime soon after signing a new deal at the club.

Keane said “It’s a nightmare scenario for him. He wants to play for Man United, of course, he does. Being in goal for Sheffield United and Man United every week is completely different, but he had to go back. Ole wanted to see him and work with him closely. You want to get better by playing the games, you can do all the training sessions you want, but if you’re not playing every week, the kid’s going to go backwards – and that’s going to cost him, ultimately.

“For example, if [Jordan] Pickford has a difficult spell – which he always seems to be, in my eyes – then it’s probably difficult for Gareth [Southgate] to go and pick a goalkeeper who’s not playing regularly.

“It’s a difficult situation for Henderson. Come January, do United really want to let him go out on loan. I don’t think so, because then they need cover for De Gea in case something happens to him.”

Meanwhile, Dean Henderson will remain a major part of the England national team as his reputation speaks well for him.

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Manchester United planning move for 23-year-old attacking midfielder

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Manchester United are long-term suitors of Bournemouth versatile midfielder David Brooks and they are already planning to bring him to Old Trafford to beat other interested clubs.

The Red Devils might be planning for the departure of France international Paul Pogba with this move as the World Cup winner is obviously unhappy.

The former Juventus midfielder has also fueled speculations of his move away from Old Trafford on several occasions, alongside his representatives with Real Madrid and Juventus considering the option of cashing in on him.

Man United have succeeded in extending the contract of the France international to the summer of 2021 but that does not mean he would not leave the club if he desires and the right offer is tabled.

The 23-year-old is no doubt an interesting talent that could fill the gap and also prove to be a future of the club knowing that he is very much younger.

David Brooks was out of action in most of the games last season due to injury as he had just nine games which can be traced t why the Cherries suffered relegation to the Championship.

Missing out of action in most games last season does not rule out David Brooks as a great player and that has not reduced the interest in him by several Premier League clubs.

Liverpool are also believed to be interested in the signature of David Brooks, alongside Everton and Leicester City with his return to the top flight being discussed.

His quality was hailed and confirmed by Man United legend Ryan Giggs who claims the 23-year-old has all it takes to play at the biggest stage.

“He wasn’t available for the first game, but it was great for him to join up later in the week and start the second game,” said Giggs. “He’s a very talented player. He ended the season playing a lot of games, but it’s a long time out.

“I’ve seen there’s speculation about a lot of players. Brooksy’s obviously a talented player and now Bournemouth are in the Championship. I’ve always said it’s better if the lads are playing, and the higher the standard the better as well. But that isn’t always a given.” He added.

David Brooks could be the latest Bournemouth star to part ways with the club as long as the right offer is submitted with Man United keen to land him in the summer transfer window.

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Solskjaer given transfer orders

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Man United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has reportedly given an order to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to offload a trio of players if he must land a new central defender.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been keen on a central defender to partner Harry Maguire after he failed to invest in that area in the last summer transfer window. Now they have reportedly set their eyes on Jules Kounde from Spanish La Liga outfit Sevilla.

The Red Devils have been told that Jules Kounde will cost them a £60 m fee which means they will have to cash in from the sale of some players before anything positive can happen.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has, therefore, been instructed by Ed Woodward to do away with three out-of-favour players at Old Trafford.

The club outcast, Sergio Romero tops the list alongside Phil Jones. There are assurances that the first duo could leave before the end of the transfer deadline.

Jules Kounde is also on the radar of other clubs like Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus which means Man United must do more to be able to land him.

Sergio Romero has already told the club he wants to leave after going down the pecking order.

He was stopped from a move to Everton in the summer and his wife blasted the club for that “Sergio Romero worked hard for his club.

The last trophy they won, they lifted it with him. He helped the team [reach] 4 finals/semifinals, and then he was left on the bench only to lose them all. It is time to return the opportunity and let him go. RESPECT FOR ONCE.” She wrote on her social media page.

“He said to me: ‘Look, now the season is over and everyone has a few days off. Then we go to play the Europa League… I’m not going to count on you because you haven’t trained for four months’.”

He added on his future plans: “My idea is also to try to stay at Estudiantes. I played a game, got injured and all of this happened.

“That is why I will see in September if the loan can be extended and continue for a few more months.”

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