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Ighalo beats Falcao, Di Maria scoring records at Manchester United

Former Super Eagles striker, Odion Ighalo, has scored more goals for Manchester United than Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao when they were in the club.

Ighalo scored United’s opener against Norwich in the FA Cup encounter on Sunday. Ighalo’s opener was cancelled out by Norwich’s Todd Cantwell, but Canaries defender Timm Klose was sent off for hauling down Ighalo in the 89th minute.

He had earlier scored four goals for Manchester United before his Sunday’s sterling performance that helped the Red Devils reach FA Cup semi-final.

According to Premierleague.com, Falcao and Di Maria scored four goals for United in 29 and 32 appearances respectively.

A further breakdown of the statistics showed that they scored three premiership goals and one goal each in FA Cup games.

It also showed that the Nigerian has scored in each of his four United starts, making it five goals in 11 appearances since he arrived from Shanghai Shenhua in January.

He scored against Club Brugge, Derby, LASK Linz, and Norwich.

United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, described Ighalo as a proven goalscorer after his display against Norwich.

Solskjaer said, “We made many changes so I didn’t make it easy for the players. The game was not the greatest spectacle but I felt we kept the ball ok.

“It is great to have the option to rotate. Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion Ighalo gives me a chance to rotate.

“He is a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals.”

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