Odion Ighalo scored his first goal for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys fired five past Club Brugge on Thursday to join the last 16 teams in the Europa League.
He scored in the 34th minute through an assist from Juan Mata after Bruno Fernandes picked out a sumptuous pass to the later on the right side of the penalty area.
🇳🇬 Odion Ighalo 🤗
— UEFA Europa League (@EuropaLeague) February 27, 2020
1 – Odion Ighalo is the first African player to score for Manchester United in all competitions since Eric Bailly in August 2017 against Swansewa in the Premier League. Super. #UEFAEuropaLeague pic.twitter.com/CdX1mEuBsT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 27, 2020
Fans erupted at Old Trafford as the Nigerian International celebrated his goal by flicking up his shirt to remember his late sister.
Social media had erupted when the squad list for the game was released and were tipping Ighalo to score even before the game.
Barcelona forward and Super Falcons captain had predicted Ighalo would open scoring in his first start for United.
— ASISAT M.O.N (@AsisatOshoala) February 27, 2020
Ighalo did score but it was after Fernandes stepped to the spot to slot in his first Europa League goal for United.
Mc Tominay then made it three before Fred grabbed a brace in the final eight minutes of the game.
Ighalo was shortlisted for the first start for Manchester United, after three cameo appearances off the bench and becomes the first Nigerian to score for the Red Devils.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 27, 2020
Nigerians in their usual frenzy way have taken over Twitter to celebrate the 30-year-old’s record.
Our brother @ighalojude has scored his first goal.
Oya Ighalo supporters start sending account number.
If you receive the weekend pepper confirm it on twitter oo.
— Yul Edochie (@YulEdochie) February 27, 2020
Ighalo scored his first goal for Man Utd and Nigerians are pleased regardless of the club we support…Ighalo is our own!💚
— Lamarr ❁ (@Kinglamarr___) February 27, 2020
Odion Jude Ighalo. THE FIRST
First Nigerian to play for Man United. First Nigerian to score for Man United.
— E (@iamOkon) February 27, 2020
Goals scored for Man Utd in European club football:
❍ Alexis Sanchez: 0
❍ Odion Ighalo: 1 pic.twitter.com/beRMSDoUwo
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 27, 2020
The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared a Public Holiday tomorrow, Friday 28th February in celebration of Odion Ighalo's first goal at Manchester United!
— Wale Adetona (@iSlimfit) February 27, 2020
— BoB Cyril¶ (@BOBCyril2) February 27, 2020
— OFFICIALHOUSEBOY (@ohouseboy) February 27, 2020