African players abroad Ighalo Makes Cameo Appearance As Martial Stars Against Sheffield

 Odion Ighalo made a ten minutes cameo appearance coming on for hat trick hero Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Sheffield United.

Ighalo who joined the Red Devils on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua is yet to be handed  starting line up in the Premier League by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer.

Since his return to the Premier League, Ighalo has struggled to find his first league goal but has scored in the FA Cup and Europa League.

With Marcus Rashford back from injury and Martial on his best of form, Ighalo’s dream of getting a starting jersey is under question.

Solksjaer introduced Ighalo in the 80th minute in a tactical substitution as the job was already done by Martial who became the first Manchester United player to score a hat trick since Sir Alex Ferguson retired as manager after the 2013/2014 season.

However, he could start for Solksjaer on Saturday when United travels to Norwich in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Ighalo extended his loan spell with the club till January next year after an agreement was reached between his Chinese Super League club to allow him remain with the club following the expiration of his first loan deal in May.

Solksjaer has said Ighalo is very crucial to the club as the club had wanted to make his loan move permanent before the offer was turned down by Shanghai Shenhua.

The 2019 AFCON highest goal scorer is currently Africa highest paid footballer after Shanghai Shenhua agreed to pay him £400,000 per week.

Ighalo helped Nigeria to finish third in last year’s AFCON hosted Egypt and won by Algeria.

Immediately after the competition, he joined then Super Eagles captain, John Mikel and retired from international football.

He cited the incessant insults and threat he receives from Nigerians when ever the team losses a game or when he failed to score as his reasons for hanging his international football boots.


Henry Usiayo is a practicing journalists with several years of experience covering sport events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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