ODION IGHALO DEDICATES FIRST MANCHESTER UNITED GOAL TO LATE SISTER

Odion Ighalo dedicated his first goal for Manchester United to his sister who died in December.

The 30-year-old Nigerian, who took a pay cut to seal a loan move to Old Tafford from China’s Shanghai Shenhua last month, tapped home midfielder Juan Mata’s pass in the first half of their last-32 second leg.

After celebrating his goal, boyhood United supporter Ighalo, lifted his shirt to reveal a vest with photograph of his late sister Mary Atole who died suddenly on Dec 12 at her home in Canada.

“She was a good United fan too. We hoped for this moment but now I’m at United, she’s not here to see what is going on,” Ighalo told the club’s website.

“It’s emotional. I have promised myself that every goal I score, I’ll dedicate it to her. She’s up there watching me.”

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Ighalo, who is on loan to United until the end of the season, looks sure of more game time as fellow forward Anthony Martial was a last-minute absentee from Thursday’s match due to injury and is a doubt for Sunday’s Premier League game at Everton.

United are also missing striker Marcus Rashford with a back problem.

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