Ighalo joined the Red Devils in a six-month loan deal from Shanghai Shenhua in January and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been keen to sign him permanently after he bagged four goals in eight appearances for the Reds.
However, United had failed to agree a fee with the Chinese club and he has just ten days left on his loan spell at Old Trafford, but he has to return to the Far East.
United had not ruled out extending his loan, given the unprecedented circumstances, but Shanghai would rather sell, knowing that Ighalo’s stock is high after his spell with the Red Devils. But United’s interest had cooled since before the coronavirus outbreak, when they were without star man, Marcus Rashford.
The forward is now fit again after a back fracture, meaning United’s reliance on Ighalo is not as pronounced as it once was.
SkySports claimed United was now ‘relaxed’ about the situation and felt that Rashford’s return had put them in a far stronger position.
In the England international’s absence, Ighalo impressed chipping in with four goals and one assist in eight games in all competitions.
But with Rashford now recovered from his setback that saw his miss 13 matches, United are reportedly not panicking about the Nigerian striker heading back to the Far East.
Commenting on his situation, Sky Sports’ James Cooper said: “As far as Ighalo goes, I think there is a relaxed mood from Manchester United.
“The facts of the matter are that his contract comes to end next Friday, May 31.
“There is a will from Manchester United to keep the player, I think equally Shanghai Shenhua would like the player back in China playing for them.
“The relaxed attitude that comes from Manchester United, is that Marcus Rashford is now fit and so there is less need for Ighalo.