Odion Ighalo made his Champions League debut for Manchester United against Paris Saint-Germain. It was not in the best circumstances.

He came on in the 89th minute with United 2-1 down. It was a desperation move from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although a little perplexing because he took off Edinson Cavani minutes earlier.

Manchester United v Paris Saint-Germain: Group H - UEFA Champions League
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 02: Odion Ighalo of Manchester United in action with Idrissa Gueye of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Group H stage match between Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford on December 02, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Somehow Anthony Martial kept his place on the pitch, after a wasteful display in front of goal.

The Frenchman spurned two easy chances, and the rarely used Ighalo could hardly do worse.

Ighalo just wasn’t given a fair chance by Solskjaer, just like in the Europa League final against Sevilla when he was thrown on in injury time.

Even in his career as a super sub, Solskjaer would get 15-20 minutes at the end, instead of just one or two to make an impact.


Ighalo did not stand a chance; he was able to make just three touches before the final whistle blew.

At this point considering Martial’s terrible form, Ighalo probably deserves an opportunity. And by that we mean a proper chance, not two or three minutes as a desperation move or token gesture.

It would be quite something to see Ighalo come on and score the crucial goal against Leipzig to secure a knockout spot. But if this opportunity comes with an injury time substitution, then he simply is not being given a fair chance to do so.

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