Ighalo says he was pumped for Chelsea CWC clash and still revels in Man Utd Move
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Ighalo says he was pumped for Chelsea CWC clash and still revels in Man Utd Move

Odion Ighalo has revealed that he was extra motivated when his new Saudi club Al Hilal played Chelsea in a Club World Cup semifinal game last week.

The European Champions won the game 1-0 and Odion Ighalo was silenced on the night the Nigerian has revealed his frustration even though he was pumped for the game.

“I was looking forward to that game,” Ighalo told ESPN.

“Al Hilal is a big club here and they have a huge fan base.

“They were telling me to score against Chelsea and being a former Manchester United player, that was extra motivation for me going into that game.

“When I was at Watford, I scored against them [Chelsea] and playing against a team like that you want to do well, you want to show up because scoring against teams like that, seeing it in your CV is always motivating.”

The former Watford striker also talked about his celebrated move to his dream club Manchester United and how he still revels in the move.

“In years to come, you need something to show your children… I have been talking to my children about Manchester United, the experience,” says Ighalo to ESPN.

“I left Old Trafford with pride, with my head up, because it was my dream team and not everybody’s dream comes to pass. Mine came to pass so every day of my life, I’m grateful.

“To be the first Nigerian to play there and so far the only Nigerian, those are great achievements for me and I did well so I’m happy for that.”

He added: “The atmosphere in Old Trafford is different. It is a big club. If you’re not inside, you don’t know how big the club is. It is a massive, massive, massive club.

“So, I thank God I played for the biggest club in the world, it’s an achievement for me, and when you say, “what I should do better?”. I think I did everything I should do. I worked hard, I scored a few goals and I’m happy.

“I don’t have one regret, I have zero regrets for my time at Manchester United. They are still my team till today and I’m going to support that team to death.

“Even when they are struggling, I will still support them because it is Red Devils all the way.”

On Wednesday, Odion Ighalo scored two great goals for his new club Al Hilal when they trashed his old club Al Shabab 5-0 in Saudi top-flight game.

Tope Adefala

Tope Adefala is an experienced sports writer, editor, and web designer. A former editor at Sportlineng.com. Talks sports with a great bias for Basketball, Tennis, Field Hockey and Football. Presently the media officer of Nigeria Hockey Federation. I have been in the business of Sports communication and marketing for more than 10 years. Not forgetting that I won West African University Games, Nigeria University Games gold medals. You can find me on Twitter @1topham.

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