How Odion Ighalo is faring since his Manchester United exit
Odion Ighalo left Manchester United in January, so how has he done since then?
The Nigerian international moved to Saudi Arabian side Al-Shabab Riyadh and has made a decent start.
Ighalo wasted little time getting on the score-sheet for his new team. After a seven-minute cameo for his debut, the former United man found the net in a 4-0 victory against Al-Nassr next time out.
Ighalo earned his first start in the very next match but was on the losing team. Then he came off the bench five days later to provide an assist in a 3-0 win.
Things took a significant upturn in March, with the 32-year-old scoring twice in a 2-1 triumph against Damac. He has enjoyed two further starts (and another 30 minutes from the bench) since then. So he sits on three goals and one assist from eight outings.
That is a solid return for a player who will be hoping to build up steam in the months ahead.
Ighalo’s new side are currently joint top of their league, with just four goals separating them from Al Hilal.
And that is where things get really interesting for the one-time United striker.
A top of the table clash is just around the corner and he will be desperate to find the net in that one.
Ighalo started well at Old Trafford, scoring three goals in three FA Cup appearances and two in five Europa League games.
A brief but enjoyable journey
The 31-year-old was only ever signed as a stop-gap; a replacement for the injured Marcus Rashford. But football’s shutdown allowed the latter to recover and Ighalo barely featured this season.
A January exit was no surprise, with United opting not to extend his loan deal. Yet Red Devils fans will wish Ighalo well.
He fulfilled a childhood dream by running out in a United shirt. He also scored one of the club’s best goals last season with a humdinger of a volley.
He still has plenty to offer his new team. Who knows, he could end the season with a league title.