Antonio Valencia, last player to use Man Utd’s No 25 shirt, speaks about Ighalo


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Former Manchester United winger, Antonio Valencia has wished loanee, Odion Ighalo success at the club.

The club assigned the No. 25 squad number, which was last used by the Ecuadorian, to the Nigerian on Tuesday.

Valencia, who was at Old Trafford for 10 years before leaving in the summer, took to Twitter to wish the 30-year-old success with the assigned number.

Reacting to a photo of Ighalo holding a United shirt with the No. 25, the 34-year-old L.D.U. Quito player wrote: “I always saw the number 25 as an opportunity to work beyond my dreams.

“It has been my inspiration and became my amulet.

“I wish you all the success now with this shirt brother!”

Reacting to Valencia’s goodwill message, Ighalo replied: “Thanks brother.”

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Ighalo arrived Manchester United in a shock move six-month-long loan deal on Deadline Day, January 31.

The Nigerian spent two and a half seasons at Watford before moving to China, scoring 46 goals in three seasons in the Chinese Super League.

“The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer is set to bolster Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad for the remainder of this season, providing a different option in attack.

“Ighalo’s debut, in theory at least, could be made when the Reds return from the winter break with a hotly-anticipated Premier League match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday 17 February.

“That game is followed by the Europa League round of 32 match against Club Brugge and, coincidentally, a top-flight game against his former club Watford,” the club said in a post on its official website on Tuesday.

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