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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gives Odion Ighalo hope of completing permanent Manchester United transfer

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits Manchester United may decide to sign Odion Ighalo on a permanent transfer this summer.

Ighalo, who joined the Red Devils in January on a loan deal until the end of the season, scored his first Manchester United goal in the 5-0 Europa League win over Club Bruges.

The Nigerian striker was brought in primarily as cover for the injured Marcus Rashford but Solskjaer says Ighalo could earn himself a permanent contract if he performs for the club he supported as a child.

'It doesn't hurt [living the dream] but he's here on merit, he's here because he is a goalscorer and a different type of striker for us,' Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

'We might get to the summer and think we want to extend this, who know?

'He's come in as a breath of fresh air as well. He had chances in his five minutes against Chelsea, he scored against Bruges, he had chances against Watford, he had a very good save [from a shot] against Everton - there have been good saves, he doesn't miss the target very often.

'Even for Anthony (Martial), Mason (Greenwood) and Marcus (Rashford) to learn that it is where the sharks are swimming. It's comfortable outside the box and you can have a few shots.

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