Ighalo exclusive: Why I chose the no.25 shirt
In his first interview as a Manchester United player, Odion Ighalo has exclusively revealed why he will wear the number 25 shirt throughout a six-month loan spell with his beloved Reds.
Speaking to us about his arrival, in a must-watch interview, Ighalo provides an insight into his thinking when presented with a list of squad numbers that were available for selection.
“Well, I think that number and number 19 were available,”says 30-year-old Odion.
“When I was at Watford I wore the number 24 and it was not available.
“In Shanghai I had number nine and that was not available. So I said to myself that 24 plus one is 25, so I said 'okay let me go with the number 25 instead of 19'.
“Yeah, because I watched Quinton Fortune played for Man United, he was a great player and I know he put on the number 25, so I said to myself that number 25 is good,”Odion explains.
“Even though I didn't get the number that I was looking for, 25 is a perfect number because it is one above the number that I wore when I was in the Premier League.”
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“I always saw the number 25 as an opportunity to work beyond my dreams,”he writes.
“It has been my inspiration and became my amulet. I wish you all the success now with this shirt brother!”