|Ighalo celebrating his crucial equaliser against Norwich City in FA Cup quarterfinals
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- Name: Odion Ighalo
- Date of Birth: 16 June 1989 (31 years)
- Signed: 31 January 2020
- Appearances: 19
- Goals: 5
- Assists: 1
- Contract till: 31 January 2021
Odion Ighalo joined his childhood dream club Manchester United on a 6-month loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua in January 2020. Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, he couldn’t make most of his time but still played excellently whenever given an opportunity. So the Red Devils decided to extend his loan period for 6 months more that’ll see Nigerian striker playing for the Old Trafford side till 31stJanuary 2021.
It’s fair to say that no. 25 had a fairly good season at the club because he put in a good shift whenever being brought on as a substitute. The key elements to his game are his physicality, ball control, and creating perfect shooting opportunities. The Nigerian scored 5 goals and registered 1 assist in 19 appearances this season, in most of which he came on as a substitute. One of the most noteworthy goals was his strike against LASK, which ranked third in best Europa League goals ranking.
His experience plays a vital role in how he holds the ball and then finds the right space or right man. This can be beneficial for Anthony Martial as he can learn a thing or two from the 31-year-old.
All of his strengths can be seen in this short video –
Odion Ighalo for Manchester United so far 👇
🏃♂️ 8 appearances
✅ 3 starts
⚽️ 4 goals
🅰️ 1 assist
Not going anywhere.pic.twitter.com/JvLnjktsPm
— Goal (@goal) June 1, 2020
The most important goal of Odion Ighalo came in the FA Cup quarterfinal against Norwich City. It was his equalizer against the Canaries that sent the game into extra time, which United went on to win and progress further into the domestic trophy competition before losing to Chelsea in semis. Pragmatically speaking, while Ighalo might not be the best backup striker, he has not committed any blunders either and done his duty well. So –
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Ambitions for next season