White-hot Ighalo leads Manchester United to big win

Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo set Manchester United on their way to a 5-0 win over LASK in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 match on Thursday.

The Shanghai Shenhua loanee striker continued his rich vein of form in front of goal for the Red Devils,  notching his fourth goal in three starts for the Premier League side.

After a cameo substitute appearance in the Manchester derby on Sunday, Ighalo was handed his second successive start in the Europa League by Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, and he justified that decision by scoring for the second game running in the competition.

United dominated the game early and were duly in front two minutes before the half-hour mark. Ighalo received a Bruno Fernades’ pass just outside the Austrians’ penalty area, and produced some nifty footwork before banging in an emphatic finish, handing the visitors a first-half lead at Stadion der Stadt Linz.

Ighalo and Manchester United picked up where they left off after the break by dominating possession and it was not long before they got a well deserved second goal. The former Super Eagles striker played Daniel James through on goal, and the pacy forward easily went past his marker before firing into the bottom corner in the 58th minute.

Juan Mata made it 3-0 in the 82nd minute, before Mason Greenwood, who replaced Ighalo in the 85th minute, and Andreas Pereira added two more goals in additional time to hand Manchester United a big lead going into the second leg.

Ighalo has now scored four goals from eight appearances for Manchester United since making the switch in January.

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