Odion Ighalo marked his first start for Manchester United with a goal in the Red Devils 5-0 thrashing of Club Brugge in the second-leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Ighalo tapped in United’s second from Juan Mata classy assist as the Red Devils made light work of the Belgians to progress to the Round of 16 with a 6-1 aggregate victory.
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Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes put United in front with his second spot-kick in as many games after Brugge’s Simon Deli stopped a goal-bound shot with his hand in the 27th minute. Deli was given a straight red for his infraction.
Ighalo then doubled the home side’s lead on his full Old Trafford debut seven minutes later after lovely interplay between Fernandes and Mata with the latter setting up the Nigerian to tap in from three yards.
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The first Nigerian to both play and score for Manchester United, Ighalo dedicated his first goal for his boyhood club to the memory of his late sister Mary Atole.
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Scot Mctominay made it 3-0 in favour of Solskjaer’s side four minutes before the interval.
United continued the onslaught in the second half with Brazilian midfielder Fred scoring a brace to give the Red Devils their biggest home win of the season.
In his 90 minutes played on the pitch, Ighalo created two chances and had two shots on target – one of which resulted in a goal.
Having started his career with three straight substitute appearances, Ighalo could be set for consecutive starts when United take on Everton on Sunday after first-choice striker Anthony Martial who was absent for the game, picked up an injury in training on Wednesday.