Odion Ighalo scored his first Manchester United goal last night against Club Brugge.
While it was an easy tap in after great work from Bruno Fernandes and Juan Mata, Ighalo deserved a bit of praise too.
He showed striker’s instinct to be in the right place at the right time and get ahead of the defender.
These are the type of easy goals Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been pushing Anthony Martial to score all season long.
Ighalo linked with his teammates well and looked a good fit for the team. As he build up his fitness and gets more confident, he will only get better.
Solskjaer was asked about Ighalo’s performance after the game. He was impressed and spoke highly of the Nigerian.
He told the club website: “I think, as a fellow striker myself, I know important that first goal is and he’s been close a couple of times.
“You can see he sniffs goals, he wants to be there, where it sometimes hurts.
“That goal, he was sharp in his head and, as that ball is played over to Juan, he spins and was on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. That’s a natural striker.”
Another start possible
Anthony Martial was a surprise absentee against Club Brugge with injury and it is possible he does not feature against Everton, or is only on the bench.
It might still be a big ask for Ighalo to start two games in four days and we have Mason Greenwood available, but the United striker is unlikely to say no if he is asked to start again.
He led the line effectively against Brugge but Everton will be tougher and more physical at Goodison.
Ighalo may be better suited than Greenwood for that type of match-up, and his performance last night appears to have given Solskjaer confidence.
Now he has a goal in the bag too, Ighalo can really get started.
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