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.
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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