Odion Ighalo can achieve a feat no Manchester United player has managed before – if he scores in his next start for the club.
The Nigerian’s improvised strike against Norwich City on Saturday was his fifth United goal in just four starts, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to sign the forward continues to look like a masterstroke.
Ighalo had previously netted after being named in the starting lineups against Club Brugge, Derby and LASK Linz – although he’s yet to score (or start) in the Premier League.
The goals in four consecutive starts match an achievement by Jimmy Hanson, the former United man who did so in 1924 and 1925, scoring versus Hull City, Blackpool, Derby and Aston Villa.
Ighalo was asked by United’s official website about getting the chance to break the record whenever he next appears in a starting 11.
“Well, I’m grateful to God for that,” he said. “I’m very happy because it’s a great achievement for me. I think my name is being in the book in United’s history and I’m very happy for that.
“Especially as, in the game on Saturday, we won and got to the [FA Cup] semi-final. That was the most important thing as it was a difficult game, so scoring and winning the game makes it even greater for me.
“I’m happy with this achievement, it’s a bit of history made and I hope to keep adding more.
Ighalo admitted the hectic nature of the schedule since football restarted was tough going for the United players.
And speaking ahead of tonight’s league game against Brighton, he said the big squad available to Solskjaer come as a boost.
“It’s tough but this is what it is,” added the on-loan Shanghai Shenhua star, whose deal has been extended until January.
“This is the job. We don’t have any other jobs so we are happy to do it. We have to keep doing it. It’s a tough one after 120 minutes two days ago.
“It’s a tough game on Tuesday evening but we don’t have any excuses. We’re only going there to win. The manager will probably rotate the team and bring in fresh legs so that we can keep going.
“It’s one of the advantages of having a big squad, having players ready to come in to change the game and come in to play in any position, so it’s really good for us.”