Man Utd striker, Ighalo was a top worldwide trend on social media on transfer deadline day because his move to the club seemed such an unlikely one.
United’s managing director, Richard Arnold boasted on Tuesday that Ighalo’s signing made him the top global trend on Twitter the same day as Brexit and President Trump’s impeachment trial in the United States.
The 30-year-old Nigerian striker was signed on loan for Shanghai Shenhua. It was such a surprising move because his only real notable spell in England was with Watford that ended with six goals in his final year.
After three brief substitute appearances for United, he made his first start on Thursday with Martial ruled out. And when people spoke about him again, it was for very different reasons.
Ighalo became the first Nigerian to score for the club as they beat Club Bruges 5-0 in the Europa League last 32 as fans chanted his name at Old Trafford.
“it is a great moment. I have been waiting for this.” Said Ighalo.
“There was a little bit of pressure but I’ve got the goals to start my Manchester United goal career.”
A night to remember for Ighalo
Ighalo’s appearance in the match against Club Brugge was his fourth for United. It was also his first-ever goal in European competition.
His performance kept Brugge’s defenders on toes. While he only had 40 touches, he worked hard and most of his involvements were in dangerous areas.
He almost had a chance within the opening 60 seconds after being fed by Juan Mata. He tried cutting inside and ran into a defender.
Ighalo went close to getting his head on to a couple of crosses and had a shot blocked after spinning on the edge of the box.
His goals came from Bruno Fernandes’ fine pass over the top to Mata who squared for Ighalo to score from six yards out.
He had a chance for a second when he returned his marker and forces a low save from Simon Mignolet. If Martial does not recover for Sunday’s game against Everton, Ighalo and Mason Greenwood will vie for the place upfront.
“He sniffs goals”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored 126 times for United in his playing career. The coach was delighted to see Ighalo get on the scoresheet.
“Odion was upfront doing what he does.” Said the boss
“He is a target man who can hold it. As a fellow striker, I know how important your first goal is. He has been close a number of times. You can see he sniffs goals. He wants to be in there where it sometimes hurts.”
“His goals showed he was sharp in the head. When the ball is played to Juan, he spins and is on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. A natural striker.”