Ighalo Scores As Man United Beat Norwich, Qualify For Record FA Cup Semi Final Berth

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Ighalo Scores As Man United Beat Norwich, Qualify For Record FA Cup Semi Final Berth

 

Odion Ighalo was on target as Manchester United defeated 10-man Norwich City 2-1 after extra-time to progress into Emirates FA Cup semi-final berth.

Ighalo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute for the Red Devils when the 31-year-old managed to get on the end of Juan Mata’s cross.

Todd Cantwell forced extra time when he equalised in the 75th minute before Manchester United captain Harry Maguire scored a dramatic winner in 118th minute.

Odion Ighalo speaks Solskjaer’s language

Marcus Rashford is a lightning wing-forward who can score wondrous goals, but he’s not a goal poacher. Anthony Martial links play superbly and is improving as a consistent goalscorer, but he’s not a goal poacher. Both of these young men are fabulous footballers more than twice as good as Odion Ighalo, yet the Nigerian is so valuable for Manchester United because he is, you guessed it, a goal poacher.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a goal poacher as a player, too. Someone who could play, certainly, but whose most useful attribute was having a knack of being in the right place at the right time to supply the right finish. And today Ighalo proved that he speaks Solslkjaer’s language scoring United’s opened with a wholly instinctive and improvised finish when a cross ricocheted into the air.

Ighalo showed up moments of solid hold-up play including a deft flick in the build-up to United’s extra-time winner. He’s not just a goal poacher, but his ability to be in position to make the simple finishes is so crucial for a side that can be as profligate as Manchester United. That he’s scored every time he’s started should come as no surprise.

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