Ighalo was limited to a small role and never played more than 20 minutes in a game as Solskjaer’s men placed in the top four.
The Nigerian’s deal at Old Trafford has been extended until the New Year, with former Super Eagle Victor Ezeji urging Solskjaer to give Ighalo the opportunity to impress.
He told Goal: “Every coach believes in their starting XI and to be very fair to Ighalo the Covid situation has not helped him, because if not for Covid, [Marcus] Rashford would have always been out until the end of the season.
“And when Rashford recovered, because of Ole’s belief in Rashford, he had to bring him back into the squad.
“And then you can see that [Anthony] Martial was pulling on all the cylinders, as [Mason] Greenwood, so there was no way for Ole to let down one of those guys for Ighalo.
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“But what I’m going to blame Ole for is that even when these guys don’t meet in certain games, I think he should have tried Ighalo.
“It wasn’t really good that a player’s contract was renewed and you didn’t even allow him to play for up to 20 minutes of a Premier League game. It is not encouraging. It causes a player to lose all the confidence that they have gained over time.