Most strikers who scored two in midweek and then had to sit on the bench for a club derby of 87 minutes would probably be feeling pretty underwhelmed.

But Odion Ighalo is living his dream as a Manchester United player and is genuinely grateful to be in the position to play at all for the club.

He only had a few minutes on the pitch at Old Trafford against City, and it is an experience he likely will never forget.

When Ighalo came on there was plenty of work to be done. United had a 1-0 lead to protect and City were piling on the pressure.

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He was a help

Ighalo was a help to United’s cause and made the final minutes more bearable.

There were five minutes of injury time to endure, and we ended up savouring the final moments.

Ighalo’s hold up play was excellent, helping United to keep the ball and relieve pressure on the defence.

 

His hard work led to the ball being in City’s final third at the end of the game instead of United’s.

He begun the move which led to Ederson making his second error of the game and passed the ball straight to Scott McTominay who was thrilled to make the scoreline 2-0.

Being on the pitch for a United win over City is a dream moment for Ighalo, a Red Devils supporter who is filling in up front while on loan.

He is still looking for his first Premier League goal but has three in cup competitions, and just two starts.

This brief display was another sign that he can be trusted whenever Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to give Anthony Martial a breather.

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