Ighalo celebrates his sister as he scores first goal for Manchester United


Odion Ighalo has scored his first goal for Manchester United in the Europa League second leg against Club Brugge.

The Shanghai Shenhua man who is currently on loan at Manchester United scored the second goal in the 5-0 win against Club Brugge.

He went on to celebrate the goal in an emotional way and dedicated it to his elder sister who died last December.

“The T-shirt is for my late sister,“ Odion told Manchester United website after the game.

“I lost my sister in December. She is very dear to me.

“She was a good United fan too. We hoped for this moment but, now I am at United, she is not here to see what is going on. It is emotional for me. I have promised myself that every goal I score, I will dedicate it to her. She is up there watching me.”

He also expressed excitement about the goal which made him the first Nigerian to score for Manchester United.

“It feels great to score because this is what I have longed for,” he said. “Now, it is a dream come true for me.

“I dreamed of this from when I was small, when I was young. Playing for the team and scoring goals means a lot to me. I am going to cherish this moment for all the days of my life.

“Before the game, they all sent me messages [from Nigeria]. They have been waiting for my first goal for United. They have been telling me I am close, I am close, I am close and said hopefully it would be today.

“So I’ve got a goal and I can’t look at my phone now because I have got hundreds of messages from Nigeria, from everywhere, congratulating me. I am very happy for that.

“I am enjoying it here. The lads are great and have helped me settle down so easily, so I am very happy for that.”

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