It’s an Achievement for me to be the First and Only Nigerian to Play for Manchester United — Odion Ighalo

Odion Ighalo at Manchester United

Former Super Eagles player, Odion Jude Ighalo, has declared that being the first and only Nigerian to have played for Manchester United, is a very great achievement for him.

 

He added that he have no single regrets of his time at Old Trafford because he didn’t win any trophy with Man U, that the club his been his best club which he grew up supporting even before he became a professional footballer.

 

Ighalo made these statements while speaking to ESPN, he said;

 

“In years to come, you need something to show your children, “I have been talking to my children about Manchester United, the experience.

 

“I left Old Trafford with pride, with my head up, because it was my dream team and not everybody’s dream comes to pass. Mine came to pass so every day of my life, I’m grateful.

 

“To be the first Nigerian to play there and so far the only Nigerian, those are great achievements for me and I did well so I’m happy for that.

 

 

“The atmosphere in Old Trafford is different. It is a big club. If you’re not inside, you don’t know how big the club is. It is a massive, massive, massive club.

 

“So, I thank God I played for the biggest club in the world, it’s an achievement for me and when you say, “what I should do better? I think I did everything I should do. I worked hard, I scored a few goals and I’m happy.

 

 

“I don’t have one regret; I have zero regrets for my time at Manchester United. They are still my team till today and I’m going to support that team to death. “Even when they are struggling, I will still support them because it is Red Devils all the way.”

 

 

 

The 32-year-old joined Manchester United in a deadline day move in January 2020. He made 23 appearances for the club, scoring five times and providing one assist, before his exit in 2021. Ighalo retired from the National team  in 2019 after playing 35 times for the Super Eagles, with 16 goals to his name.

 

 

Among best of his performances for the Super Eagles was in 2019 when he scored seven goals at the 2019 AFCON qualifiers, which was the most by any player, to help Nigeria qualify for the finals in Egypt later that year.

 

 

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