Three factors deciding Ighalo start v Brugge as fan calls grow

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a selection dilemma.

Manchester United have two big games in four days, away at Club Brugge in the Europa League on Thursday and then at home to Watford in the Premier League on Sunday.

There’s no rest after that either, with the home leg of the Europa League match five days later.

The deadline day signing of Odion Ighalo has given Solskjaer a key third option up front.

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He played five minutes off the bench at Stamford Bridge in injury time, while Anthony Martial played 90, and Mason Greenwood sat it out.

Already off the back of that showing, United fans are calling for Ighalo to get the nod and start on Thursday in Belgium.

Three factors deciding potential Ighalo start

The biggest test Ighalo has to pass is one of his fitness. Is he up to starting a game yet?

He held the ball up well and linked up with his teammates in his brief appearance.

The question is whether he is deemed capable of doing it for 90 minutes, or at least 60.

United face Ighalo’s former side Watford on Saturday at Old Trafford. That will be an emotional match for the striker, and a decision may be made to save him for that one.

Another factor will be whether Solskjaer simply prefers another option.

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Has he saved Mason Greenwood for this game after his Europa League exploits in the group stages? Does he want to keep Martial in the line up while his confidence is up?

The formation used will be a factor too. If United choose to start two strikers, then there’s double the chance of Ighalo starting.

If he does get the nod the Red Devils loanee will want to make the most of it.

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