Manchester United made the shock decision to sign Odion Ighalo on Friday to help fill the void left by the injured Marcus Rashford.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was open about his desire to sign a new forward but the club waited until the last possible opportunity to agree a deal.
Ighalo, 30, has played his football with both Changchun Yatai and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in the Chinese Super League since leaving Watford in 2017, and was given the chance to leave on loan after the start of the 2020 season was delayed by the corona virus crisis.
The Nigeria striker is now ready to completed his dream of playing for United having supported them as a youngster and his new boss is feeling pleased.
The Athletic have reported that the Norwegian is quietly satisfied with the loan move despite some apprehension from supporters.
Ighalo scored 16 goals in 55 Premier League outings for the Hornets between 2015 and 2017, and was the top scorer at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Solskjaer said after the deal was confirmed: “He’s a different type of striker - a proven goal-scorer, a physical presence.
“It gives us a chance to rest Mason (Greenwood) and Anthony (Martial) at times.
“We want to go far in the Europa League, FA Cup. It was important we have another type of striker to use.
“Marcus (Rashford) is out for a little while and with him back we’re a different team.”
Former Udinese and Granada front man Ighalo has now given his own thoughts on the surprise move, saying that he is happy to have the opportunity to impress.
"It's been crazy you know," Ighalo told Sky Sports News in his first interview since the deal.
"I'm happy to be in Manchester first and this is a great opportunity for me.
"I'm grateful to God and to my agent and to the coach who's given me the opportunity to be here, to walk out with the team and finish very well this season.
"It's a dream come true because since I was a kid, I've always dreamed about Man United. But this is reality now, so I can't say much until I get started."