Ighalo Ready To Take £6 Million Pay Cut To Remain At Manchester United
However, he has impressed so far, and boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to retain his services for next season.
The striker currently earns £240,000-a-week from Shanghai, but reportedly wouldn't mind taking around a 50% pay cut to join United full-time.
Ighalo's contract runs until the start of 2021, but United have an option to buy him in the summer transfer window.
The 30-year-old has scored four goals in eight appearances so far, helping United put together a long unbeaten run.
Solskjaer said: 'he will improve and get better but he has qualities we saw in him and we needed and we will still need those qualities for next season, so let's see what we will do.
'He knows his job and what his role in the team is, and he's very good with his back to goal, great link player, but maybe the best thing about him is his personality, so he's got the whole lot really.
'He had three touches before his fourth was the finish. All them touches were high quality but he had to make them to create space for himself. But the strike is on the half-volley, great timing, no one would have saved that one so anyone would have been proud of that finish.'