Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo has taken a step closer to being ready for Manchester United action, after hitting the training ground to work on his finishing.

According to UK newspaper, Daily Mail, Ighalo is on a tailored programme to get him quickly up to speed at United, following his transfer deadline-day loan switch from Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo is yet to meet his new United team-mates, with Solskjaer’s squad currently undertaking a warm-weather training camp in Malaga. 

United opted not to take their latest recruit straight to the Spanish camp, amid fears he would not be allowed back into the country due to tightening of national security following the outbreak of coronavirus.

Solskjaer immediately told fans of his decision, following Ighalo’s touching down in the UK.

‘Odion [Ighalo] will stay in Manchester, because since he’s coming from China in the last 14 days and the news of the virus there we’re not sure if he’s going to be allowed back into England if he leaves the country again, so he’s staying here working with a personal coach, individual programme and his family then can settle in England as well,’ said the Norwegian. 

United resume action on February 17, when they go up against Frank Lampard’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The two teams last met on the opening day of the season, when Solskjaer bathed in the glory of a commanding 4-0 win and looked set to start the campaign on a high.

Six points now currently separate the teams, with Chelsea clinging on to fourth spot in the table while United wallow in eighth.

The United squad are in Malaga, where the Red Devils were handed a boost after midfielder Scott McTominay was deemed fit enough to join in the action.

The sessions have also featured an appearance from Nathan Bishop, the new goalkeeper who made the move from Southend during the January transfer window.