Manchester United players catch second glimpse of Odion Ighalo’s wonder strike on pitch side monitors while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer marvels at Nigerian’s goal in routine Europa League victory over LASK
- On-loan Odion Ighalo scored a brilliant opener for Manchester United at LASK
- He took three touches in the air before rifling an effort in off the crossbar
- It was his fourth goal in his last three starts since moving to United on loan
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his United teammates were amazed at his latest goal
Odion Ighalo continued his excellent start to life at Manchester United with a fine solo effort in the Europa League – which was rather openly admired by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team-mates.
The on-loan striker, drafted in in the final few hours of the January transfer window, fired in a brilliant left-foot opener to put United ahead in their first-leg Europa League clash at Austrian side LASK.
The Nigerian international controlled a delightful through ball from Bruno Fernandes brilliantly, before taking three touches in the air and rifling an effort into the net off the underside of the bar.
Odion Ighalo continued his excellent start to life at Manchester United with a fine goal at LASK
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was visibly impressed by the effort and applauded Ighalo’s effort
He was mocked for missing out on Erling Haaland but was seen grinning with Ighalo’s effort
It was the 30-year-old’s fourth goal in his last three starts following his switch from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua.
Ighalo’s move was mocked by many after the club had failed to sign Norwegian starlet Erling Haaland, but the former Watford man’s latest strike saw more adulation poured onto him.
And his United teammates were clearly keen to see an action replay of the goal, rushing to the pitch-side monitor to get another glimpse of his wonder strike.
The whole bench rose to try and catch another glimpse of the Nigerian’s brilliant strike
‘Odion has done really well when he’s come in and he’s enjoying himself,’ Solskjaer said after being captured grinning on the touchline.
‘He will improve and get better, but he has qualities that we saw in him that we needed and we’ll still need those qualities for next season so let’s see what we do.
‘He’s a goalscorer and he’s a striker. He doesn’t worry too much about all that nonsense build-up play – that’s a joke obviously – but he knows his job and what his role in the team is.
His teammates rushed to the pitch-side monitor to get another glimpse of his wonder strike
‘He is very good back to goal, you can play up to him. Great link player, but maybe the best thing about him is his personality, so he’s got the whole lot really.
‘He had three touches before his fourth, the finish. All them touches were high quality but he had to make them to create the space for himself.
‘But the strike is on the half-volley, great timing. No-one would have saved that one so anyone would be proud of that finish.’
United completely dominated the first leg of their last-16 tie, with Daniel James, Juan Mata, Mason Greenwood and Andreas Pereira all netting in a 5-0 rout.
But the game had to be played behind closed doors to the coronavirus outbreak.
It was the 30-year-old’s fourth goal in his last three starts following his loan move from China