The on-loan Shanghai Shenhua striker was introduced in the closing stages of Man United’s 2-0 victory at the Stamford Bridge to become the first Nigerian to play for the Red Devils.
Odion Ighalo kicked off his Manchester United career with a victory as he made his debut in their 2-0 away win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in Monday’s Premier League game.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) February 17, 2020
The former Super Eagles forward replaced first goalscorer Anthony Martial in the 90th minute, to become the 200th player to feature for United in the Premier League.
— Premier League (@premierleague) February 18, 2020
Two goals in either half from Martial and Harry Maguire earned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men their third win against Chelsea this season. United had already beaten Frank Lampard’s side 4-0 in their league game and 2-1 in the Carabao Cup.
Ighalo delivered a lively performance within the short time he was on the pitch, managing as many shots on target (one shot) as the entire Chelsea team combined.
The 30-year-old almost capped his debut with a goal after he was played through on goal but saw his effort saved by Willy Caballero in goal for Chelsea.
Fans went wild on Twitter for the Nigerian who could have had the perfect dream debut if he had scored.
5 mins Played
1 shot on target
Man of the Match by a mile
Ighalo > Martial
— Tosin Akingba™ (@venusakingba) February 17, 2020
I think it’s probably for the best that Ighalo didn’t score that because I genuinely worry what would’ve happened to every United fan around the world. We’d have all had a collective heart attack from our celebrations.
— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) February 17, 2020
Chelsea fans are lucky Ighalo didn’t score there. Would’ve been unrecoverable for them on this app 😂
— Josh (@UtdJL) February 17, 2020
– Batshuayi almost scored but Mount did a hand ball.
-Zouma scored but Azpilicueta committed a foul.
-Giroud scored but was caught offside.
All of this happened because Man Utd has Ighalo. Fear Benin people #CHEMUN
— Valar Morghulis 👁🗨 (@viccetti) February 17, 2020
Ighalo man of the match if we are being real
— Imoh (@ImohUmoren) February 17, 2020
Man United have won 100% of matches Ighalo has played in.
Man United have kept a clean sheet in 100% of games Ighalo has played in.
Ighalo FC: We eating jollof!
— Ovie (@OvieO) February 17, 2020
You’re putting Ighalo at 92 minutes because he came to share the grace in Man U ??? #CHEMUN
— Trouble Maker 😒(G.O). (@ObongRoviel) February 17, 2020
Odion Ighalo is now only three goals behind Alexis Sanchez in Man Utd’s all time top scorer list.
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) February 17, 2020
Odion Ighalo is a Man Utd player. What a moment 🙏🏾🇳🇬
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) February 17, 2020
— Laolao (@itz_laolao) February 17, 2020
I would’ve celebrated like mad if Ighalo scored that. It wasn’t to be though 😭
— RiZzy🔴 (@RiZzyUTD) February 17, 2020
3 points, clean sheet, Bruno Fernandes‘ first assist for United. If Odion Ighalo scores that chance at the end then I would’ve tattooed his name on my head.
A good night all round. #UTFR. 🔴
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) February 17, 2020
The win took United to seventh on 38 points, just two points behind Chelsea, who are fourth in the league table.
The Red Devils next turn their attentions to a Europa League clash on Thursday against Club Brugge, a match which could see Ighalo earn his first start for the club.