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Breaking: Man U confirm extension of Ighalo’s loan deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Manchester United have reached agreement with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua to extend the loan deal for Odion Ighalo.The Nigerian striker’s stay was initially due to end on May 31, but he will now remain with the Reds until January 31, 2021, enabling him to build on an impressive start to life with the club he supported as a boy. Ighalo’s tally of four goals in eight appearances so far includes at least one strike in each of his three starts – against Club Brugge, Derby County (2) and LASK.Monday’s confirmation is a timely boost for United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as he continues to prepare his squad for this month’s resumption of competitive football.The Premier League’s proposed return date is June 17 and the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals have been lined up for the weekend of June 27 and 28.However, the actual fixtures are still to be finalised and ManUtd.com will publish all the details of United’s rescheduled games in due course.Ighalo will now hope to pick up from where he left off, after winning United’s Goal of the Month award for March with a stunning strike in our last match, the impressive 5-0 victory over Austrian club LASK in the Europa League. That last-16, first-leg game at Linzer Stadion on March 12 was a sign of things to come, as it was played behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.That will also be the case for all remaining fixtures in 2019/20.The manager said: “They [Shanghai Greenland Shenhua] have been great towards us, allowing him to play for his dream club. It’s been a dream for him and hopefully he can finish what he started and win a trophy with us.”Tags: Manchester UnitedOdion IghaloOle Gunnar SolksjaerShanghai Shenhua Football Clublast_img read more

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Brandon Ingram eyes return to the court on Wednesday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersOfficially, Ingram has a bruised right quad, and tendinitis in his left quad.“It’s different,” Ingram said. “I don’t know what it means to sit down. I don’t know what it means to sit out. I just try to listen to my body. I try to listen to my trainers and see what they have for me and just go through it.”In 30 games this season, Ingram has averaged 16 points on 44.7 percent shooting. He is also averaging 5.5 points, 3.3 assists and nearly one steal per game – all up from his rookie season.Ingram is listed as questionable to play against Memphis, but all signs are pointing to him making a return against the Grizzlies.“He looked really good,” Coach Luke Walton said after Tuesday’s practice. “I almost ‘silly-fined’ him for looking so good today (and) for not playing last night.” KUZMANIA – Walton had to laugh when he heard that Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma was one of only five rookies to score over 30 points on Christmas since 1976.“I saw it is one of those weird stats,” Walton said. “I love the random day stats. There are four games on the day of Christmas and it is normally the most elite teams in the league. And normally the most elite teams don’t play rookies huge minutes.”Kuzma meanwhile, scored his 31 points in 41 minutes against the Wolves and is averaging 39.8 minutes over his last five games.Only LeBron James in 2003 (34 points), Bill Cartwright in 1979 (33) and Patrick Ewing in (32) scored more as rookies on Christmas.“I am not trying to take away from what Kuz did. I thought Kuz was very good last night and very good all season for us.”Kuzma has not, however, hooked his coach up with one of the 1,000 “Kuzmania” shirts he sold through his personal website. Even Lonzo Ball had one in his locker prior to Monday’s loss.“I don’t know if my players don’t like me,” Walton joked, “but they all have their own companies and I don’t have … they don’t give me any of it. I was hoping for some gift bags from the players for Christmas, but I didn’t get any.”That means no Kuzmania, no Big Baller Brand.“Still waiting,” Walton said.MINUTIAE – Kuzma isn’t the only rookie playing major minutes for the Lakers. Lonzo Ball, before spraining his shoulder over the weekend, was averaging 33.9 minutes per game. That’s second among all rookies, trailing only Ben Simmons of Philadelphia, who averages 36.3 minutes a night.Neither of the Lakers rookie stars has balked at the minutes.“It is really impressive,” Walton said. “It really is. They’ve played more minutes than I thought I wanted to play them going into the season, but they’ve done a really nice job of not showing fatigue yet.”The coach said he may need to start tempering their time on the floor, however. The Lakers don’t have multiple days between games until January 24-25.“Obviously the dog days are coming,” Walton said. “This next stretch is tough for everybody in the NBA. As of right now they’re both really good with it.” EL SEGUNDO – If Brandon Ingram gets the final say, he will be back on the court Wednesday when the Lakers host the Memphis Grizzlies.“I can’t sit anymore,” Ingram said.The second-year forward has missed the last two games, losses to Portland and Minnesota, due to injuries to both quadriceps – one suffered on Dec. 22 at Golden State, another two nights earlier in Houston. After going through Tuesday’s practice, Ingram said that he would play in the Lakers’ next game barring a setback.The life of an injured ballplayer is new for Ingram, who has rarely been injured in his young career. He appeared in 79 games as a rookie, missing three with knee tendinitis. In Summer League, he appeared in just one game before being shut down by a right leg cramp as a precaution.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more