Odion Ighalo has revealed his readiness to play in the Premier League clash between Manchester United and Newcastle United on Saturday night.
The former Nigerian international has not scored a Premier League goal for United yet but he is confident in his abilities in Saturday’s match.
“I’m always ready,” Ighalo told United’s official website. “Whenever the gaffer calls me, my idea is just to give my best in training, work hard and wait for my opportunity – to take it.
“Hopefully, I’ll just keep my head down, keep working hard every day. Come to the training ground every day and give it my best. Whenever the gaffer needs me, I will come and give my best.”
Ighalo came off bench in United’s opening game against Crystal Palace but didn’t feature in top-flight matches against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.
However, he did feature in the Carabao Cup victories, at Luton Town and Brighton, and is likely to be included by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s at the weekend, with fellow forwards, Anthony Martial and Edinson Cavani, both unavailable.
Newcastle have enjoyed a better start to the 2020/21 season compared to United and that makes them a potential hard nut to crack.
However, Ighalo is positive that United can shake off the disappointing home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur and get a good result against the Magpies.
“We are working hard and looking forward to it,” added Ighalo. “We’ve been training hard. Those of us who did not go to the international teams have been working seriously hard.
“Everyone is in top shape and, when those who have been in the international teams are all back, I think we are in good heart to win the game. I know we didn’t start the season well so we’ll try to start from this weekend and try to win the game to kick the season off,” the 31-year old concluded.