Ighalo reveals why he snubbed Tottenham and Mourinho to sign for Man United

Ighalo reveals why he snubbed Tottenham and Mourinho to sign for Man United

Akan Anwankwo
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:42 PM
  • Odion Ighalo was once linked with a deadline day move to Tottenham but chose to join Man United instead
  • The former Watford star spent a season long loan at Old Trafford and scored five goals in 23 appearances
  • Ighalo currently plays for Saudi club Al Shabab and has had a decent season since joining last January

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Odion Ighalo's fairytale story about playing for his dream club Man United has come and gone and the striker reveals he was wooed by Tottenham before moving to Old Trafford, Manchester Evening.

The former Nigeria international joined the Red Devils in January 2020 and accept a pay-cut on deadline day all because he wanted to wear the red and white jersey.

After six months at the Theatre of Dreams, Ighalo was given another deal and in total he played 23 games scoring five goals.

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The ex-Watford star has now opened the lid about how Tottenham who desperately wanted to sign him at that time after Harry Kane got injured.

Ighalo said to Elegbete TV Sports:

"When Tottenham heard that Manchester United were in talks with me, they started calling my agent because Harry Kane was injured then and they said Jose Mourinho wanted to speak to me,"
Ighalo reveals why he snubbed Tottenham and Mourinho to sign for Man United
Odion Ighalo wanted to play for Man united at all cost that was why he snubbed moving to Tottenham. Photo by Mathew Ashton
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"I am a man of principle, I got a pay cut going to Manchester United. Tottenham were ready to pay me all the wages I was earning in China, they were ready to pay a higher loan fee than Manchester United.
"My director in Shanghai Shenhua was trying to force me to accept Tottenham Hotspur. I told my agent I didn't care, that he should make the Manchester United deal happen if they are serious."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Israel Adesanya retained his UFC middleweight championship after defeating Marvin Vettori for the second time on unanimous point victory.

The Last Style Bender who dominated all the rounds successfully defended his middleweight belt for the third time asking.

During the post match conference, the 31-year-old was asked how his performances on the octagon gives Nigerian people hope.

Israel has defended his middleweight crown against Yoel Romero, Paul Costa and now Vettori as he next point of call is another rematch with former champion Robert Withakker.

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