Odion Ighalo’s dream of playing for Manchester United in the Premier League finally came true on Monday night, February 17, when the Nigerian played against Chelsea.
The ex Super Eagles star started his football career on the streets of Ajegunle in Lagos state before going to join Nigerian Professional Football League side Prime FC of Osogbo where he has short stint.
While growing up on the streets in Ajegunle and playing soccer with his friends, Odion Ighalo used to wear Manchester United jersey as he had a dream of playing for the Red Devils.
He has played once in the Premier League where he impressed at Watford before he left for the Chinese Super League.
Considering his age, no one would have thought that Odion Ighalo will make a return to the Premier League not to talk of joining a side like Manchester United.
But Odion Ighalo is a perfect exemplification of success as favor eventually located him for his dream of playing for Manchester United to come true.
Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford got injured and the Red Devils were looking for another trusted man to replace him in the squad as he will be out for three months.
The choice of signing Odion Ighalo later came their way which they grabbed luring the Nigerian star to Old Trafford on six months loan move.
Ighalo joining Manchester United made all Nigerians happy based on the fact that he is the first Nigerian to play for the Old Trafford landlords.
Despite training on his own for some days when he got to Manchester United as he was not allowed to go in straight to the squad because of the coronavirus precaution having played in China.
He got the chance to make his debut for Manchester United on Monday night when he replaced Anthony Martial against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United were leading 2-0 as at the time Ole Solskjaer decided to bring on Odion Ighalo to the deep end.
Fans have now reacted that they would have been happy if Odion Ighalo had scored on his debut against Chelsea.