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Nigerian striker Ighalo has reached Man United record that was set in 1925

Goal: Odion Ighalo’s goal for Manchester United against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday means that the ex-Nigeria striker has equalled a club record that has stood for 95 years.

In netting against the Canaries, Ighalo became only the second player in the club’s history to have scored in each of his first four competitive starts for the Red Devils.

According to Opta, the previous player to do this was Jimmy Hanson, who achieved the feat in 1925 when he scored in consecutive starts against Hull City, Blackpool, Derby County and Aston Villa.

The Manchester-born Hanson signed for United in 1924, but suffered a serious injury five years later, and was forced to retire.

Back in 2016, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the brink of equalling Hanson’s record when he scored in three consecutive competitive outings for United.

However, while the then-34-year-old made a strong start to life with the Red Devils after signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, he drew a blank in his fourth competitive start – against Hull – and missed out on Hanson’s record.

Ighalo, however, has emulated Hanson’s achievement during a remarkable run early in his United career.

The former Watford man began his scoring run with a goal in United’s 5-0 victory over Club Brugge in late February, before scoring twice against Derby County in the FA Cup in early March.

On his third start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, against LASK Linz in the Europa League, he scored and contributed an assist in a 5-0 victory, before opening the scoring against Norwich on Saturday.

Ighalo’s opener was cancelled out by a Todd Cantwell effort from range, although Harry Maguire bagged in extra time to send the northern giants through at the expense of Daniel Farke’s strugglers.

Despite his immense scoring record in matches in which he’s started for United – all of which have been in cup competitions – the striker is yet to score in the Premier League for the Red Devils.

He has made six appearances – all from the bench – amassing 83 minutes of action back in the top flight.

“It is great to have the option to rotate,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport after the match. “Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion gives me a chance to rotate.

“He’s a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals,” the Norwegian coach continued. “He is a great person to have around the dressing room too.

“Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room; he’s a goalscorer, a poacher, he’s strong, we can play the ball into him, he showed for the second and Paul [Pogba] found him.”

Source: Published by Goal

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Agim Uchenna Vincent
Agim Uchenna Vincent
5 days ago

He did pretty well

Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
Biobaku Toheeb Olamilekan
5 days ago

nice one.. He did Pefectly well

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
5 days ago

What a great record

Babatunde Imole
Babatunde Imole
5 days ago

95 years ago? a great history.

Emeghurhie Efe
Emeghurhie Efe
5 days ago

More to come. Ighalo have been playing well since he arrived United and he has more goal and more achievements. I wish him luck

JOSBISCO
JOSBISCO
5 days ago

He do very well

Faith Osaghae
Faith Osaghae
5 days ago

Oghalo a proven goal scorer

Adubi oluwafemi samuel
Adubi oluwafemi samuel
5 days ago

This is awesome

Ngezelonye Charles
Ngezelonye Charles
5 days ago

Good starts for him. Wish him more goals

Ezema Paul
Ezema Paul
5 days ago

Congratulations Ighalo

Favour
Favour
5 days ago

Nice one

Juliet chinyere
Juliet chinyere
5 days ago

That’s great

Akeem Omobolaji
Akeem Omobolaji
5 days ago

He is really in good shape for untied

Ajagbe Olufemi
Ajagbe Olufemi
5 days ago

What a record

Okwu Godswill okechukwu
Okwu Godswill okechukwu
5 days ago

Wow interesting

Oladosu Olumide
Oladosu Olumide
5 days ago

He has tried for Man u

Balogun Toba
Balogun Toba
5 days ago

That’s good

Nwachukwu ogechi
Nwachukwu ogechi
5 days ago

Up ighalo

Nwakasi Ikenna
Nwakasi Ikenna
5 days ago

Nice one Ighalo
We are always supporting you

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
5 days ago

That great.

Juliet Success
Juliet Success
5 days ago

This is a great achievement. More wins to you, Ighalo.

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
5 days ago

Congrats

Daniel Winitimi
Daniel Winitimi
5 days ago

He is making us Nigerians proud

Chukwuma Daniel
Chukwuma Daniel
5 days ago

Congrats

augustine madu
augustine madu
5 days ago

Waow , what a history
Kudos ighalo !!

Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
Tersoo Jeremiah Iortsor
5 days ago

Congratulations ighalo

reuben amicable
reuben amicable
5 days ago

Congrats to IG halo more grace

Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
Attach Oliver Ifeanyi
5 days ago

He is a nice player

Nnamdi Nwabueze
Nnamdi Nwabueze
5 days ago

He did well, congrats to him

Nnate Okoro Uguru
Nnate Okoro Uguru
5 days ago

Nice performance

Nnate Okoro Uguru
Nnate Okoro Uguru
5 days ago

We are proud of ighalo

Adegoke Azeez Adedamola
Adegoke Azeez Adedamola
5 days ago

Good job Ighalo

Pablochidiebere
Pablochidiebere
5 days ago

Up man u

odudu eseoghene
odudu eseoghene
5 days ago

pretty good start

Afolabi Michael Temitope
Afolabi Michael Temitope
5 days ago

He has really done so well since his arrival

Gabriel Eluare.
Gabriel Eluare.
5 days ago

He lucky n will b remembered in man u history

Nwede Kingsley
Nwede Kingsley
5 days ago

He keeps impressing me.

Suleiman Abdullahi
Suleiman Abdullahi
5 days ago

Good ighalo

Adewumi sherif akanji
Adewumi sherif akanji
5 days ago

Nice one

saviour john
saviour john
5 days ago

Ighalo has proven his doubters wrong, kudos black blood.

Isaac Sunday
Isaac Sunday
5 days ago

Congrats ighalo

Omenogor Lucky
Omenogor Lucky
5 days ago

Ighalo is really doing great in Manchester United.

IGONI BLESSING
IGONI BLESSING
5 days ago

Nice one he should keep it up

Kelechi Asii
Kelechi Asii
5 days ago

Well done Ighalo

Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
Ubochioma Joshua Izuchukwu
5 days ago

I love his style of play

EMEKA NWANKWOALA
EMEKA NWANKWOALA
5 days ago

Ighalo, keep it up.

Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
Okpala Izunna Emmanuel
5 days ago

Congrats to our own Odion Ighalo.

Chiemela chidiebube faith
Chiemela chidiebube faith
5 days ago

That’s amazing💕😍

Olayiwola Gafar Adewale
Olayiwola Gafar Adewale
5 days ago

Keep it up! Nigerian and United love you Odion

Edidiong Udofa
Edidiong Udofa
4 days ago

nice record