Retired Super Eagles star revealed star that he took a paycut to join his boyhood club Manchester United from Shanghai Shenhua this winter.
Odion Ighalo signed a 6-month contract with the Red Devils as the English giants fight for a top four finish.
Speaking in his first interview since completing his last-minute switch, Ighalo told the club’s official website: ‘I’m very happy. First, I want say thank God for making this happen and it’s just like a dream come true for me.
‘People that know me, even back in Nigeria, and even when I was playing at Watford, my team-mates knew that I loved Man United, I support them. When I played against Man United, that emotion is there, because it is my dream.
‘It is a nice reality, so I’m very happy and I’m looking forward to start.’
While he was originally on £330,000-a-week at Shanghai Shenhua, Ighalo was more than willing to take a huge financial hit to make his dream a reality.
Sportsmail understands United have paid the Chinese side a £4million loan fee and are paying Ighalo £165,000-a-week until the end of the season – a financial hit the forward said he didn’t care about as long as the deal went through.
Odion Ighalo has been added to United’s Europa League squad and could make his debut very soon.