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Ighalo makes Manchester United debut, sets new record

Odion Ighalo has become the first Nigerian player to feature in a football match for Manchester United.

He was a 90-minute substitute in the club’s English Premier League match against Chelsea on Monday night.

The game ended 2-0 in favour of Manchester United.

With his Monday appearance, Ighalo sets the record of being the fist Nigerian player to play for United since the creation of the club 142 years ago.

He is also the 200th player to make appearance for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Ighalo, who wore number 25 jersey played for five minutes, made six touches, one successful drible, one shot on target and his passes were 100 per cent completed.

The PUNCH gathered that Manchester United Football Club was founded back in 1878 under the name Newton Heath LYR F.C. In 1902, the club’s name was changed to Manchester United.

Ighalo had arrived at the Stamford Bridge ahead of the Premier League blockbuster match between the Blues and the Reds about a few hours before the match.

In one of his pictures that surfaced online, Ighalo puts on a black suit on his arrival.

With Marcus Rashford’s absence, a heavy burden would be placed on the deadline-day loan signing Ighalo to in the attacking line.

The Africa Cup of Nations’ highest goalscorer targeted adding to his tally of 16 goals from 55 EPL games in the Manchester United debut.

Source: PunchNG

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