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Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjer has praised Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo as a natural striker after he scored his first goal for the club in Thursday’s resounding Europa League victory, AOIFootball.com reports.

 

The Norwegian handed Ighalo his first start against Club Brugge and the Nigerian slotted home in the 34th minute to register his first goal for the club in a 5-0 win.

Solskjaer was impressed by the striker’s performance, saying: “Odion was upfront there doing what he does. He’s a target man, we can play up to him, he can hold it and he’s got Bruno (Fernandes) and Juan (Mata) next to him so he’s got runners there.

 

“As a fellow striker myself, I know how important that first goal is. He has been close a couple of times; you can see he sniffs goals, he wants to be there where it sometimes hurts but with that goal as well, he is sharp in his head.

 

“As the ball is played over to Juan, he spins and is on the six-yard line when Juan puts it there. That’s a natural striker,” Solskjaer stated.

 

The former Watford striker became the first Nigerian to score at the Old Trafford and the first African since 2017 as the Red Devils march on to the next round of the competition.

 

 

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