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Solskjaer Hails ‘Natural Striker’ Ighalo After First Manchester United Goal

Solskjaer Hails ‘Natural Striker’ Ighalo  After First Manchester United Goal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has praised Odion Ighalo after breaking his Manchester United duck against Club Brugge in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 32 match.

Ighalo opened his goal account at Old Trafford on his first start for the club since his temporary signing from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in January.

The 30-year-old finished off Juan Mata’s assist in the 34th minute to give Manchester United a 2-0 lead as they hammered their Belgian visitors 5-0.

The result powered the Red Devils to the Round of 16 of the competition with a 6-1 aggregate win, however, Solskjaer was full of praise for Ighalo’s goalscoring stint.

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“Odion was up front there doing what he does. He’s a target man, we can play up to him, he can hold it and he’s got Bruno [Fernandes] and Juan [Mata] next to him so he’s got runners there,” the manager told Sky Sports.

“As a fellow striker myself, I know how important that first goal is. He has been close a couple of times, you can see he sniffs goals, he wants to be there where it sometimes hurts but with that goal as well, he is sharp in his head.

“As the ball is played over to Juan, he spins and is on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. That’s a natural striker.”

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  • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

    “…….Odion was up front there doing what he does. He’s a target man, we can play up to him, he can hold it and he’s got Bruno [Fernandes] and Juan [Mata] next to him so he’s got runners there,” the manager told Sky Sports……..As a fellow striker myself, I know how important that first goal is. He has been close a couple of times, you can see he sniffs goals, he wants to be there where it sometimes hurts but with that goal as well, he is sharp in his head…….As the ball is played over to Juan, he spins and is on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. That’s a natural striker……”

    Ndi “He is always scoring tap ins”, Ndi “he is always scoring against fishermen teams”, Ndi “Isaac Success is FAR BETTER”……Over to you….! LMAO

     
    • Joel Chidi 6 months ago

      @Drey I don laugh tire at “ndi”. Truth is those tap-ins are one of the most difficult jobs of a striker to get right. The reason is very simple, a striker that lacks positional sense or awareness, rarely stays in a place for tap-ins. You must have huge sense of goal smell, to always lurk around these areas. Ighalo has matured over time. GOD bless his hustle

       
      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        My broda dont mind dem joor. If they like let them use 1 million identities, a man can never hide from his own shadow.

        If it is one useless Warnock that says some rubbish now, they will be quick to post it here and tell us we are not being realistic.

        Going by what Scholes and Hargreaves said…

        “….He did well, he looked sharp. He hasn’t played since December 1. He’s come to the team at the right time – just as in a creative player in Fernandes has come in…..I like the fact he gives them a reference point. He’s really comfortable with his back to the defender and I think he did that well…….”

        If both Man U technical crew and the rest of the team can identify Odion’s strengths and play to it…..boy they will bless the day they signed him.

        I’m just happy that finally, a Nigerian is beginning to do it at Old Trafford….its 15 years coming ever since Mikel’s botched transfer to United

         
    • Mekus 6 months ago

      Mumu invite him to super eagles na abi your point clear.

       
      • Dr. Drey 6 months ago

        Fool.

        If dem invite am make go lie down for freeway make dangote crush u na….!LMAO