Odion Ighalo Equalled A 95-Year Old Manchester United Record With Goal Vs Norwich City
Odion Ighalo has etched his name into the Manchester United history books by becoming the first man in 95 years to score in his first four starts.
Ighalo's volley against Norwich City has made him the first player since Jimmy Hanson back in 1925 to net in his first four competitive starts for the Red Devils.
The Nigerian signed for United on transfer deadline day back in January and it was a risky decision that seems to have paid off.
United seemed desperate after a late move for Bournemouth forward Josh King fell through, meaning they turned to signing Ighalo on loan.
He arrived from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, having left England back in 2017 after one goal in 18 appearances for Watford in his most recent Premier League campaign.
The 31-year-old is yet to start a game in the Premier League but his four starts in the FA Cup and Europa League have resulted in five goals.
His first came against Club Brugge back in February and a double against Derby County in the FA Cup quickly followed.
The pick of the bunch came in Europe, against Austrian side LASK in United's last Europa League game before football's suspension.
Ighalo controlled a Bruno Fernandes pass superbly, performing two kick-ups to set himself and unleash a thunderous strike that went in off the bar with his weaker left foot.
WHAT A GOAL! :scream:
Odion Igalho has done it again as he gives Man Utd the lead with an absolute beauty :fire:
Solskjaer's reaction says it all! pic.twitter.com/JisDmPsJDh
- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 12, 2020
Saturday then saw him net his most latest goal and help his side make it to Wembley.
He got the nod ahead of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial at Carrow Road and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated after the game that Ighalo is a "proven goalscorer".
"It is great to have the option to rotate," Solskjaer told BBC Sport per Goal. "Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion gives me a chance to rotate.
"He's a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals," the Norwegian continued. "He is a great person to have around the dressing room too.
"Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room; he's a goalscorer, a poacher, he's strong, we can play the ball into him, he showed for the second and Paul [Pogba] found him."
It remains to be seen if Ighalo will get a chance to break the record on Tuesday night when United take on Brighton & Hove Albion.
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