How Ighalo Can Earn A Place In Man Utd Starting XI

How Ighalo Can Earn A Place In Man Utd Starting XI

Nigeria International Odion Ighalo was again in action for Manchester United when they hosted Watford on Sunday – but as a substitute AGAIN!

United thrashed the Hornets 3-0 at Old Trafford, thanks to goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.

The former Super Eagles striker was introduced in the Watford game with just 15 minutes remaining, just as was done when he made his debut against Chelsea (91min.) before facing Club Brugge in the Europa League (67min.).

Now if Ighalo is unable to score within the timeframe he gets to play for the Red Devils as a sub, then I don’t see how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will contemplate starting him in any future game.

There is absolutely no way the United boss will want to bench a Martial, who has been in form and scoring goals of late, for Ighalo. I don’t see the Norwegian taking that chance.

Ighalo needs to in his next outing for Man United do everything within his capacity to bang in at least a goal to send a message to Solskjaer that he’s as good as Martial or Greenwood, and deserve a place in the team’s starting XI.

There is no doubt that former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo is a prolific goal scorer and a defender's nightmare in some of the leagues that he has played.

The Ajegunle born star has been prolific in Asia, having 46 goals in 74 appearances show that he’s still got that striker’s instinct. Not to mention a stellar campaign for Nigeria in the African Cup of Nations last year, with 5 goals in 7 games.

Standing at 6ft 2in, the Nigerian international combines great physicality with blistering pace and a touch of finesse. Ighalo is comfortable on the ball. Backheels, the scoop turns and just general ease when dribbling.

With Bruno Fernandes now behind him to provide the creativity, there is no doubt that the former Watford striker would deliver the goals for Manchester United if given the chance to play all 90 minutes.

Man Utd next game will be at home in a second leg fixture against Club Brugge on Thursday, 27 February at 9:00 pm.

Club Brugge have never won an away European match in England (including qualifiers), drawing two and losing 10 of 12 previous visits.

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Their most recent game was a 2-1 defeat against Leicester City in November 2016 in the Champions League.

Augustine Akhilomen also contributed to this story.

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