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Odion Ighalo is reported to have selected the No 25 shirt to wear at Manchester United after confirmation of his six-month loan deal at Old Trafford. That was the shirt number that Kanu Nwankwo wore in the glorious days of Arsenal.

Nigerian legend, Kanu Nwankwo wore shirt number 25 during his spell at Arsenal

Odion is reported to have drawn inspiration from the lanky Kanu Nwankwo. According to UK based TeamTalk, the Nigerian striker touched down at Carrington in Greater Manchester on Monday morning.

The number 25 shirt has been vacant since last summer when the long-serving Antonio Valencia left Old Trafford.

Ighalo donned the No 24 shirt during his previous spell in the Premier League with Watford. However, Timothy Fosu-Mensah currently wears that squad number for United. Previous wearers of that number at Old Trafford include Nick Powell, Danny Simpson, David Jones, Quinton Fortune and Jordi Cruyff.

The 30-year-old Ighalo having joined from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on a temporary deal until the end of the season, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer delighted to have grabbed an extra option up front and injury to Marcus Rashford.

And with the former Watford man getting to work straight away at their training base, the forward could be in line to make his debut for the Red Devils when they tackle Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after the winter break.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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