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Has Ighalo done enough to merit Premier League start?

The on-loan forward usually thrives from the off in a Manchester United shirt, a run he continued at Norwich City on Saturday

On his first start post lockdown, it was as though Odion Ighalo had never left. The on-loan Manchester United forward netted the opener in the 51st minute of the Red Devils’ FA Cup quarter-final encounter with Norwich City on Saturday, his fifth since joining on loan from Shanghai Shenhua.

The poacher’s effort at Carrow Road saw him flick home another goal on his fourth successive start for his boyhood club, in turn, making a bit of history: equalling Jimmy Hanson’s record of scoring in four competitive starts for the giants, a feat which has stood undisputed since 1925.

In matching that achievement, Ighalo’s gone one better than Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who scored in his first three starts against Leicester City, Bournemouth and Southampton. The ex-Nigeria star’s strikes have all, notably, come in cup competitions against Club Brugge, Derby County, LASK and Norwich.

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