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Manchester United: Paul Ince claims empty stadium was key factor in Odion Ighalo’s goal vs LASK

Manchester United: Paul Ince claims empty stadium was key factor in Odion Ighalo’s goal vs LASK - Manchester United

Red Devils legend Paul Ince has claimed Odion Ighalo wouldn’t have tried his luck during Manchester United’s 5-0 thumping of LASK in the Europa League if the stadium had been full, via the Mirror.

The former United midfielder commented on BT Sport during half-time:

“Here he juggles it three times and fires it into the top corner. It reminds me of one of those that you would do at training. If it was a full house, I don’t know if I am doing a disservice to him, I don’t know.”

Ince went on to add “it is a wonderful goal, let me tell you that. A wonderful strike. That is something you would try in training.”

Fellow pundit Owen Hargreaves disagreed and defended Ighalo’s sensational effort saying “come on, Incey, that’s a beautiful goal!”

Hargreaves even likened the wonder strike to the highlight reel of former Leeds United Tony Yeboah, noting “it is one of the best goals he has ever scored. That is like Tony Yeboah that.”

Although Linzer Stadion was empty in light of recent events, it is fair to say Ince has made quite a bizarre claim here.

Collecting a delicate pass from Bruno Fernandes, Ighalo juggled the ball between his feet, then let rip with a stunning shot that went in off the crossbar.

If anything, the 30-year-old’s wonder goal demonstrated he is full of confidence, as the Nigerian striker has now scored four goals in just eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side since his loan move from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua in January (Transfermarkt).

Tony Yeboah netted 29 goals in 56 games for Leeds United and was the Bundesliga’s top goalscorer twice in an illustrious career that saw the Ghanaian spend spells at Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburger SV (Transfermarkt).

Ighalo’s string of recent performances have prompted plenty of fervent speculation over his future at Old Trafford and Solskjaer dropped a massive hint the board could make the loan signing a permanent offer in the summer.

United fans, did Odion Ighalo’s wonder goal remind you of Tony Yeboah? Leave us your thoughts in the comments section below!


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