ODION Ighalo has returned to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua after his loan deal with Manchester United came to an end.
The former Nigeria international joined the Reds on a temporary basis in January 2020, initially until the end of May.
Ighalo made an immediate impact at Old Trafford, scoring twice against Derby County in the Emirates FA Cup and registering Europa League goals versus Club Brugge and LASK, before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the suspension of all football activities in March.
Ighalo made 23 appearances for United, scoring five goals.
Taking to Instagram, the ex-Watford man, thanked the players, staff and supporters of Manchester United.
He wrote: “It’s so hard to see this dream come to an end, but I give God the glory for helping me fulfil this life-long dream of putting on a Manchester United shirt as a player and represent this great club, it was indeed an honour I will forever cherish and be grateful for.
“To the manager I say thank you for trusting and believing in me when many did not. To my amazing team-mates I will miss you guys, it was always fun and a time I look forward to training and spending time with all of you. And I pray we win the league and FA Cup this year.
“To the best fans in the world (the Manchester United fans) we have missed you, but we hear your voices cheering us on from afar, we can’t wait to have you all back on the stands.
“I’m still and would remain a MANCHESTER UNITED FAN forever. Once a Red, always a Red.
“Thank you @manchesterunited and God bless.”