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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints at permanent deal for Odion Ighalo

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hints that he is open to signing Odion Ighalo on a permanent deal at the end of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged loan striker Odion Ighalo to earn himself a permanent contract at Manchester United.

The ex-Nigeria international joined United from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in a surprise deadline-day move in the January transfer window.

Ighalo is considered a short-term option for the Red Devils in the injury absence of Marcus Rashford, but Solskjaer has hinted that the 30-year-old could remain at Old Trafford beyond the summer.

"It's a loan, but when you're in the door - and if you impress - it gives you a chance," he told reporters. "That's exactly the same for everyone who signs.

"If it's permanent or if it's a loan, if you impress as a player, if you impress as a person, if you can help this group improve, of course there's a chance we'll look at extending things and signing.

"That doesn't just go for Odion but, since you asked, yes, his incentive is to play as well as he can and it's up to us to make sure he wants to stay, if we want him."

Ighalo is in contention to make his United debut in Monday's Premier League clash at Chelsea.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool29271166214582
2Manchester CityMan City28183768313757
3Leicester CityLeicester29165858283053
4Chelsea29146951391248
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd29129844301445
6Wolverhampton WanderersWolves29101364134743
7Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd28111073025543
8Tottenham HotspurSpurs29118104740741
9Arsenal2891364036440
10Burnley29116123440-639
11Crystal Palace29109102632-639
12Everton29107123746-937
13Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2998122541-1635
14Southampton29104153552-1734
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29611123240-829
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham2976163550-1527
17Watford2969142744-1727
18Bournemouth2976162947-1827
19Aston Villa2874173456-2225
20Norwich CityNorwich2956182552-2721
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