Manchester United made the perfect start to their Europa League last sixteen tie against LASK Linz – thumping the Austrian side 5-0 away from home.
The game itself was a little weird due to the lack of fans in attendance. I tweeted it at the time, football without supporters is nothing and quite frankly, the games should be cancelled as opposed to played behind closed doors.
However, those players still had a job to do and my, they all played their part. It was none other than Odion Ighalo who got the 20-time Premier League champions on their way, with an absolute thunderbolt:
However, at half-time, pundit Paul Ince made a bizarre claim about the Ighalo stunner, claiming that if United were playing in front of a full stadium, he probably wouldn’t have attempted it…
‘It reminds me of one of those goals you try in training. If it’s a full house, I don’t know.‘ Ince said live on BT Sport, transcribed by The Metro.
‘Maybe I’m doing a disservice to him, but I don’t know…’
Honestly, this comment is all a bit weird. I see it quite differently, in fact, he probably would’ve been even more likely to take the shot on as he looked to impress a rowdy crowd…
Ighalo has been an absolute revelation since moving to Manchester. The Nigerian offers us something different and he’s scored four goals already. That deserves praise.
You look at his incredible first-touch, the brilliantly-strong hold-up play, the desire and will to win. His attitude is exemplary while the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can certainly learn something from his experience and skill-set.
I definitely think Ighalo takes that shot on if the crowd were full but it doesn’t really matter, does it? Simply put, the ball went in and that’s all we care about…