Manchester United

Manchester United knocked Derby County out of the fifth round of the FA Cup on Thursday. The Red Devils showed a brilliant performance away from the home which clearly signified their desire to go further in this competition. Odion Ighalo was the star of the match, which was dominated by the Red Devils, as they were on fire on the night.

It will be interesting to see whether the attacker gets more chances in the days to come, with Anthony Martial being the first-choice striker. Though there is a void up front many times, with Martial’s fitness problems, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also has options like Mason Greenwood. He hasn’t given the young Englishman enough time to showcase his talents yet. However, that could change now

Keeping that in mind, here are the talking points of the match:

1. Odion Ighalo – The New Hero Of Old Trafford:

The club management of the Red Devils signed Odion Ighalo in the winter transfer window of 2019-20 season. The club needed a centre forward badly in this window. After the departure of Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window, Manchester United had no genuine centre forward who could create pressure on the defence of the opponents.  At the last moment of the winter transfer window, the club management of the Red Devils grabbed the opportunity to sign Odion Ighalo. Odion Ighalo proved that he could become handy in these circumstances.

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The manager of the Red Devils, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer changed few players in the starting lineup of the Red Devils. Manchester United will have to play against Manchester City in the next match of the Premier League. So, the manager of the Red Devils, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will wish his players to be fit for that match. Odion Ighalo started for the Red Devils for the first time this season on Thursday. Odion Ighalo scored two goals in this match and marked his strong presence in the field. From the next match onwards, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will certainly think of him in the starting lineup.

2. Wayne Rooney Against Manchester United:

The former star player of Manchester United, Wayne Rooney started for Derby County in this match. It was certainly an emotional encounter for the English footballer. Wayne Rooney currently plays as the defensive midfielder for Derby County. One of the free-kicks was on target and Romero made a great save to keep the clean sheet for Manchester United. Wayne Rooney had been the best player for Derby County in this match.

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3. Luke Shaw’s Brilliant Goal In The First Half:

Luke Shaw scored a brilliant goal in the first half of the match. The first goal of the match was certainly important for the Red Devils. Derby County was dominating the game in the first 30 minutes. After conceding the goal, their confidence level went down. Luke Shaw also assisted for one goal of Odion Ighalo in this match. So, it had been a good outing for Luke Shaw which would help him in the later stage of this season.