Manchester United of England striker, Odion Jude Ighalo could get a starting spot in The Red Devils’ squad against Club Brugge of Belgium in Thursday’s UEFA Europa League fixture, according to the English Premier League club’s manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, megasportsarena.com can report.
Although Ighalo is still fresh in the team and yet to fully settle among his colleagues, Solksjaer is set to keep faith with the deadline day loan singing from Shanghai Shenhua of China, especially as the Norwegian gaffer is short of supplies in attack for the match away to Brugge.
Consequently, heading into the 6:55pm kick-off against Chidozie David Okereke and Emmanuel Dennis Bonaventure’s club on Thursday, Ighalo could jolly well get a starting role in what would be only his first game for The Red Devils, for who he debut this past Monday, and almost scored in their 2-0 win away to Chelsea, despite getting off the bench in the 90th minute of play.
The former Super Eagles’ striker, who emerged top scorer at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, will how aim for a big impact with United and hope to help them get a good result ahead of the reverse fixture billed for Old Trafford next Thursday, February 27.
This comes after Ighalo was named among United’s 24 players that made the trip to Belgium on Wednesday, thereby putting him in strong contention to make his European debut in the Europa League round of 32 fixture.
The former Prime FC of osogbo, Julius Berger FC of Lagos, Lyn Oslo of Norway, Udeinese of Italy, Granada of Spain, Watford of England and Changchun Yatai of China star, who made his debut as a replacement for Anthony Martial in the first minute of second half stoppage time of the win away to Chelsea, has already gained supportive words from United’s fans, who were awed by the instinctive flashes he showed in only few minutes of action at Stamford Bridge.
The club’s boss has now hinted that Ighalo could get his full debut in Thursday evening’s Europa League match against Brugge, three days after showing huge potentials in a cameo appearance off the bench back in the high-profile EPL.
Solskjaer stated: “Odion is a different type of striker, a goal scorer, we have seen him in training he knows how to play as a centre forward he’s a fantastic pro and human. He has already added to the squad and they’ve taken to him. We hope he will sharpen up he needs to do a little extra after training.
“We need to give him as much game time as possible. I’m sure he will take his changes. We will have to rotate with all the games coming up and he’s one that could start. (However), we’ve not 100% decided yet.”