ODION IGHALO: Ajekunle to the Theater Of Dreams; a dream come true
Odion Ighalo (25) of Manchester United celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 0-2 during the FA Cup match between Derby County and Manchester United at the Pride Park, Derby, England on 5th March 2020. (Photo by Jon Hobley/MI News/NurPhoto)

The goals that silenced Ighalo’s critics

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Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo’s move to England from China in a late January transfer window raised several eyebrows at what kind of signing Manchester United had made given that they had been linked with the likes of Erling Braut Haaland.

To critics, the signing symbolized the fall from grace to grass for the Red Devils but Ighalo has made an outstanding impact in such a short space of time and there are reports he could have loan deal made permanent.

And while Ighalo trended top worldwide on social media after he signed on the dotted line at Old Trafford, he was soon trending for his goal-scoring exploits a few weeks later.

In his first three stats for the club out of eight games played, Ighalo found the net four times while showing off his ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play.

He scored his first goal against over Club Brugge in the Europa League at Old Trafford – a goal he dedicated to his late sister, Mary Atole and the goal made him the first Nigerian to score for the club.

A week later, he scored his first brace for the club as United beat Derby County 3–0 in the FA Cup before he found the net in 5-0 victory over LASK again in the Europa League.

This goal against LASK was a beautiful goal as he juggled the ball from right foot to left before firing a fierce left-footed shot in off the crossbar from 18 yards. However, he is yet to score in the league.

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One of his major critics, Rio Ferdinand said that Ighalo has managed to prove him and everybody else wrong over the last few months and that he would be delighted to see the club hand him a full-time contract.

To show how much he appreciated his impact, Ferdinand compared him with Henrik Larsson, the Swedish poacher who became a cult favourite among United fans after a three-month loan spell at Old Trafford back in 2007.

Another critic, Dimitar Berbatov also admitted that Ighalo is proving him wrong so far while praising him for his goal scoring, strength and technical ability.

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