Odion Ighalo reveals he took a pay cut to play for Manchester United

Odion Ighalo has been unveiled by Manchester United (Twitter/Manchester United)TwitterOdion Ighalo has been unveiled by Manchester United (Twitter/Manchester United)

Ighalo will earn £100,000 at Manchester United, a third of the £300,000 he was earning at Shanghai Shenhua.

New Manchester United signing Odion Ighalo has revealed that he took a pay cut to join the Premier League giants.

Ighalo was a January transfer deadline day signing for Manchester United who got the striker on loan from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Speaking in his first interview since the move the Nigerian revealed that he was so excited to join Manchester United that he took a pay cut to make the deal happen.

I told my agent that ‘this is what I want. I want to come here‘,” Ighalo said in his interview with Manchester United’s website.

He said: ‘You’re going to get a pay-cut to go to United’.

InstagramOdion Ighalo will earn a third of what he was getting at Shanghai Shenhua (Instagram/Odion Ighalo)

I said: ‘I don’t care. Make this deal happen. I want to go to United. I don’t care how much is the pay-cut, I know that, make it happen’.

Ighalo will earn £100,000 at Manchester United, a third of the £300,000 he was earning at Shanghai Shenhua.

Ighalo also revealed that he could not sleep all through the night while the negotiation was ongoing for the move.

At 11pm in Shanghai, my agent called me [to say] that United want to do the deal, so I woke up that night and started looking for a translator to go to the directors’ room and hit his door; ‘My agent wants to speak to you, United are coming for me, you have to make this happen’, ” Ighalo said.

Ighalo’s excitement on the move comes from the fact that he has been a Manchester United fan since he was a child

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backs Ed Woodward after Man Utd fan backlash

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed Ed Woodward after fans sang songs criticising the executive vice-chairman

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United must “stay together” after fans sang anti-Ed Woodward and Glazer family songs in their 4-0 win over Norwich.

Solskjaer, whose side won on Saturday thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford (2), Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, admitted he heard the chants from the Old Trafford crowd, who have long criticised executive vice-chairman Woodward for his running of the club.Sponsored link

The Norwegian also insisted he has big backing from Woodward and the board regarding transfers, having spent around £140m in the summer, but will only buy if the player and value is right.

Ed Woodward took over as executive vice-chairman of Manchester United in 2012

Asked about the chants, Solskjaer said: “I’m not sure if the players will get it but I noticed,” he said. “As a club, we’ve got to stick together, we’ve got to be united, we are a family.

“I can only say from when I’ve been here I’ve been backed by the owners, I’ve been backed by Ed and they’re supporting me, so for me, make sure they stick together.

“We are in all competitions. We are still in the Carabao Cup, the FA Cup, we’re fifth in the league, still challenging. We’ve improved the position from last season, we’ve got Europa League. They [the supporters] have just got to believe me when I say I feel we are doing loads of good things behind the scenes.”

He also told Sky Sports: “You know, I’ve really got the backing from the owners, from Ed. They know, and I know, that we have resources, if the right one becomes available, if for the right money.

Fans hold an anti-Woodward and anti-Glazer banner before a home game in October

“They’ve been so good with me, so for me it might happen, it might not, it depends if we find the one for the right value, but the backing is there.”

Ole delighted with attitude

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Regarding the game, Solskjaer was delighted with United’s attitude during the thumping win, and insists the work being done behind the scenes is fantastic.

“[I’m] very, very happy with everything. Attitude, work-rate. When the opposition manager can sit back and think: ‘Wow, that Manchester United side do work.’ We were still working, working and pressing, at 3-0 and 4-0. That’s what I want from my team. I want to see that attitude every game.

“We just keep carrying on, keep calm, keep improving and looking at the next game. We keep working behind the scenes, and the work being done is fantastic. The lads have a great attitude towards it.”

‘Leader Rashford is exceptional’

Marcus Rashford scored twice on his 200th United appearance

Solskjaer was also full of praise for Rashford, who scored twice on his 200th United appearance. The 22-year-old has scored 19 goals in all competitions this season – only Raheem Sterling (20) has more among Premier League players.

“He’s been exceptional, and to get to that stage, at the age he is now, is fantastic., He is a leader in the group. He keeps producing, scoring goals, and the way he was so calm with his penalty.”

What’s next?

United now host Wolves in the FA Cup third-round replay on Wednesday at 7.45pm, before going to Liverpool on Super Sunday, live on Sky Sports Premier League at 4.30pm. Norwich host Bournemouth at 3pm on Saturday in the Premier League

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Manchester City owner, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan sells 10% of his shares in the club for $500 million

Manchester City owner, Sheikh Zayed Al Nahyan sells?10% of his?shares in the club for $500 million

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, owner of English Premier League champions, Manchester City and City Football Group, has sold about 10 per cent of the shares to Silver Lake, a private equity investor for about $500 million.  

The deal values City Football Group at US$4.8B post-investment. Apart from its ownership of Manchester City, CFG is the owner of football clubs and related businesses, including New York City FC, Melbourne City FC, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan, Club Atletico Torque in Uruguay, Girona FC in Spain and Sichuan Jiuniu FC in China.  

The company has more than 2,000 employees in 12 locations globally, overseeing more than 1,500 players and 2,500 games annually, and delivering a unique global platform to its commercial partners.  T

he proceeds from the investment will be used by City Football Group to fund international business growth opportunities and develop further CFG technology and infrastructure assets. No existing CFG shareholders are selling equity as a result of this primary capital investment. Abu Dhabi United Group, the investment vehicle owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, remains the majority CFG shareholder ( about 77%).  

In addition, about 12% of CFG equity remains held by a consortium of Chinese institutional investors led by China’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate CMC Inc. Pursuant to the agreement, the Board of the City Football Group Holding Company will increase from eight to nine members.  

Egon Durban, a Managing Partner and Managing Director of Silver Lake, will represent Silver Lake as the ninth CFG board member.

“Silver Lake is a global leader in technology investing, and we are delighted by both the validation that their investment in CFG represents, and the opportunities for further growth that their partnership brings.

We and Silver Lake share the strong belief in the opportunities being presented by the convergence of entertainment, sports and technology and the resulting ability for CFG to generate long-term growth and new revenue streams globally,” said Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of City Football Group.

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‘It’s not like there’s anarchy’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vows to keep rotating United’s penalty takers and says Paul Pogba will still take spot-kicks with Marcus Rashford despite Wolves miss

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue rotating Manchester United‘s penalty takers despite Paul Pogba‘s miss at Wolves on Monday.

Pogba took the ball after a discussion with Marcus Rashford at Molineux before then seeing Rui Patricio save his spot kick.

Gary Neville criticised a lack of leaders in the United squad and claimed it looked like a ‘five a side’ game but Solskjaer has no intention of altering his policy. Both Rashford and Pogba remain designated takers.

In his Friday press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted penalty takers have not changed

In his Friday press conference, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted penalty takers have not changed

Manchester United's penalty takers are still Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba

Manchester United’s penalty takers are still Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba 

Solskjaer will continue to rotate his takers, despite Paul Pogba missing on the night

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Former England and Man.U legend Wayne Rooney set to become player-coach at Derby County

Former England and Man.U legend Wayne Rooney set to become player-coach at Derby County

Wayne Rooney is set to make a shock return to English football as Derby County player-coach. 

The former England and Manchester United captain is currently in the UK having talks with the Championship side about a deal to become a player-coach.

The 33-year-old striker is currently playing for DC United in the United States, and still has a 2-year contract with the club. But he could leave at the end of the current MLS season, which finishes in November. 

Before now, Rooney spoke of his desire to go into coaching, : “I’m taking the steps to get my badges completed and when I finish playing I’ll see what opportunities come up.

“There’s already offers which have been made, but at the minute I’m still a player and I want to enjoy playing, and then I’ll see which offers are right when I do finish.”

Asked if he had been contacted by clubs from England or the United States, he added: “Yeah, both. There’s an opportunity for me to go into management straight away and when I do hang my boots up, that decision will be made on what the ambition of the club is first of all, and what my ambitions are and what’s right for both myself and that particular team.”

Wayne Rooney is England’s all-time record scorer with 53 goals and Man United’s record goalscorer with 253 goals in 559 appearances.

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OFFICIAL: Man Utd Make Harry Maguire Most Expensive Defender Ever

Manchester United have completed the signing of Harry Maguire from Leicester City in an £80 million ($97m) deal that sees the centre-back sign a six-year contract, with the option of a further year, at Old Trafford.

The long-running saga came to an end on Monday as the England international put pen to paper to become part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rebuild at the Theatre of Dreams.

The move sees Maguire surpass Virgil van Dijk to become the most expensive defender of all time, with the Netherlands international having joined Liverpool for £75m in January 2018.

Fans have been calling for defensive reinforcements for some time at United, with many believing Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to have been the last two truly reliable centre-halves at the club.

Solskjaer said upon the announcement of Maguire’s arrival: “Harry is one of the best centre-backs in the game today and I am delighted we have secured his signature


Man United’s options with Paul Pogba discussed on Transfer Talk podcast

The Transfer Talk podcast is back with another episode as the summer transfer window hots up.

Host Tom White is joined in studio by Sky Sports News reporter Dharmesh Sheth and Sky Sports football features writer Adam Bate to discuss all the latest moves in the market.


Manchester City to host Manchester United in Women’s Super League at Etihad Stadium

Manchester City Women will open their season at the Etihad Stadium

Manchester City have confirmed that their match against Manchester United on the opening day of the new Women’s Super League season will take place at the Etihad Stadium.

The historic encounter will mark the first time the rivals have played against each other in the top flight of women’s football, after Manchester United achieved promotion last year.Sponsored link

Following on from the success of England at this summer’s World Cup in France, there have been talks about how to grow and sustain the development of women’s football within the UK.

One of the key talking points was about hosting WSL matches at Premier League grounds, and now Manchester City have taken the initiative by revealing their season-opener on September 7 will take place at the Etihad Stadium.

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Chelsea have also announced that they will open their WSL campaign against Tottenham on September 8 at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking about the opportunity to play at the Etihad, Manchester City and England captain Steph Houghton said: “We are all very excited to play our first home game of the season at the Etihad Stadium and, better yet, in a Manchester derby.

“Big games like this are the ones you want to be in as a player and every one of us Manchester City players is looking forward to getting on that pitch and giving you all a performance to be proud of.”

City won the Women's FA Cup at Wembley last year

Manchester City won the FA Cup last year but they finished second in the league behind Arsenal and they will be keen to challenge for the title again.

Gavin Makel, head of women’s football at Manchester City, added: “Following an exciting summer of women’s football and the Lionesses’ impressive form in France, we wanted to kick off the new season with a bang.


Transfer News: Manchester United Officially Released Matthew Olosunde- Nigerian Born Player

Manchester United Officially Released Matthew Olosunde, the Nigerian born player

Photo of Matthew Olosunde

Olosunde is now a free agent, after he was released by Manchester United, at the end of the 2018/2019 campaign.

The Nigerian-born Matthew Olosunde is expected to seal a transfer to Rotherham United, according to the official website of Major Soccer League.

His preference was to remain in England and the fullback is now close to joining Rotherham United, who have been relegated to League One.

He had been a key player for United’s U23 side, before he suffered a serious injury, which kept him on the sidelines for several months.


Real Madrid want Bale included in a deal to sign Pogba (Marca)

Paul Pogba is Real Madrid’s primary target this summer and Los Blancos are eager to include Gareth Bale in a deal to sign the Frenchman from Manchester United.

Zinedine Zidane has made clear that his compatriot would be ideal for his team’s midfield, but the Red Devils are not willing to negotiate his transfer.

Pogba’s agent, Mino Raiola, has twice travelled to Manchester to communicate his client’s intention to depart England, while Madrid’s directors have also tried to reach the Premier League club’s board who have refuse to enter into talks.

The 2018 World Cup winner is expected to join his teammates in their first pre-season training session next Friday, when he will hand in a transfer request.

Manchester United didn’t manage to secure Champions League qualification and winning the Premier League will be their primary objective for next season.