Odion Ighalo continued his stunning start to life at Manchester United with a sensational strike in his side’s Europa League clash against LASK. The Nigerian was a shock loan signing in the final hours of deadline day in January as United desperately searched for a short-term replacement for the injured Marcus Rashford. Ighalo thrived at Watford but his move back to the Premier League was widely mocked as his move to China had convinced many that his days at the top level were numbered. But the 30-year-old has surpassed all expectations since moving to Old Trafford and his stunning goal against LASK was just the latest example.
The Nigerian cushioned a through ball from Bruno Fernandes and took three touches in the air before smashing an effort into the net off the crossbar. The goal had echoes of Tony Yeboah’s famous strike against Wimbledon and United’s bench were clearly keen to get an action replay of the effort.
United enjoyed complete dominance over their Austrian opponents in the first half and should have been further ahead when Juan Mata squandered a simple opportunity from just outside the six-yard box. The game was being played behind closed doors to the the coronavirus outbreak.