Football
The Emirates FA Cup

Manchester United's Odion Ighalo fuelled by memory of Wembley heartbreak

Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Odion Ighalo of Manchester United celebrates the 2-0 victory during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City

Image credit: Getty Images

ByReuters
18/07/2020 at 05:02 | Updated 18/07/2020 at 08:52

Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is drawing inspiration from his previous setback at Wembley as he looks to fire his side past Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final on Sunday.

Ighalo, 31, was part of the Watford team that were defeated 2-1 by Crystal Palace in the semi-final in 2016, a result that denied them the opportunity to face United in the final.

Premier League

Manchester United make first quintuple substitution

25/06/2020 AT 09:59

"It was a difficult one to take against Palace. If we'd have won, we'd have played United in the final," the Nigerian striker told the United website.

"Unfortunately, we lost. It was a bitter one to take but this is an opportunity to make it right and go forward to the final... To get to the final would be great for me in my life and my career. It would make my dreams perfect."

Jurgen Klopp orders Liverpool: 'Sign Thiago!' – Euro Papers

00:01:22

Ighalo, who extended his loan deal at the Premier League club from Shanghai Shenhua until the end of January 2021, has scored five goals in 15 appearances in all competitions.

However, with strikers Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial in a rich vein of form, Ighalo has found himself consigned to the substitutes' bench.

Jadon Sancho close to £100m Manchester United move - Paper Round

"They are doing so well. Seeing them playing every week is a joy. Rashford has come back from his injury and is doing well. Martial is scoring goals, Greenwood is unbelievable, he is such a good finisher with both feet," he said.

"The team is doing well and the three forwards are scoring goals and that's what we need - goals win games."

Transfers

Ighalo wants to take United 'higher and higher'

02/06/2020 AT 19:33
Transfers

Ighalo agrees loan extension at United

01/06/2020 AT 09:41
Related Topics
FootballThe Emirates FA CupManchester UnitedChelseaMore
Share this with
Copy
Share this article