- Odion Ighalo was on target as Manchester United destroyed Club Brugge 5-0
- The Nigerian striker dedicated his first goal for the club to his late sister Mary Atole
- Atole passed away in December 2019 after collapsing in her home in Canada
Manchester United’s on-loan striker Odion Ighalo on Thursday, February 27, melted hearts after dedicating his first goal for the club to his late sister who recently passed on.
Ighalo, who previously made three substitute appearances for the Red Devils, was given his full debut in the Europa League second leg match against Club Brugge.
United, who were oozing confidence, ran riot at Old Trafford, with Ighalo bagging his first goal for the club and coupled his celebrations with a class gesture.
The 30-year old slotted in a Juan Mata cross after some nice play and after celebrating with his team mates, he lifted his jersey to reveal a white inner shirt with a picture of his late sister Mary Atole.
The Nigerian, who also has the late Atole’s name in his boots, recently revealed in an interview how he struggled to come to terms with her death in December.
Ighalo’s sister passed away after collapsing at her home in Canada, aged 43, with the footballer breaking the news in a teary tribute on his Instagram.
“I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again,” Ighalo previously told The Sun.
As far as his Manchester United career is concerned, Ighalo might only be at Old Trafford for six months but will be hoping to make the impact that is expected of him, especially after the surprise deadline day transfer back to England.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Ighalo finally grabbed his first Manchester United goal in their 5-0 demolition of Belgian League side Club Brugge at Old Trafford.
The 30-year-old found the back of the net in the 34th minute from close range after tapping in a Juan Mata's assist to double his side's lead.
His dream goal came seven minutes after new signing Bruno Fernandes opened scoring for the hosts from the spot.
After the match, Ighalo told BT Sports how excited he was to get his first goal on the same night he was handed his starting berth since joining the club.
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