See The 6 Africans Who Played For Manchester United Before Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo

See The 6 Africans Who Played For Manchester United Before Odion Ighalo

With Odion Ighalo set to be the first-ever Nigerian international to represent Manchester United at senior level, we take a look at other Africans who have filed out for the Red Devils.

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

1. Quinton Fortune

The South African was the first African to play for United and he spent six seasons at the Manchester Club. Fortune moved to Old Trafford from Atletico Madrid in August 1999 and played in both the full-back and midfield positions under Sir Alex Ferguson, winning three league titles. He is currently employed as an assistant coach for United's under-23 side.

2. Eric Djemba-Djemba

Eric Djemba-Djemba joined United from French club side, Lens, four years after Quinton Fortune opened the door for Africans. The Cameroonian spent 18 months with United before leaving for Aston Villa in 2005. Eric, 38, is still active and currently plays for FC Vallorbe-Ballaigues in the Switzerland 5th division.

3. Manucho

Born Mateus Alberto Contreiras Gonçalves but popularly known as Manucho, the Angolan was unfortunate to have joined United at a time when Wayne Rooney, Dimitar Berbatov, Carlos Tevez and Cristiano Ronaldo were at their peak. He made only three appearances for United and just one in the Premier League.

4. Mame Biram Diouf

There were high hopes for the then young Senegalese when he moved to the Theatre of Dreams in 2009 and he made a good start to his career, with the Red Devils scoring on his Old Trafford debut second game but that proved to be his only goal for the club till he was sold to Hannover in 2012.

5. Wilfred Zaha

The Crystal Palace winger was the last signing of Sir Alex Ferguson joining United in January 2013, although he never featured in a team assembled by the legendary gaffer who retired in the Summer of 2013. Zaha represented England at age-grade levels before switching his allegiance to the Ivory Coast. The England-born played only four games and scored no goal for the Red Devils.

6. Eric Bailly

Of all six Africans to represent the club before Ighalo, Eric Bailly is the only man still left at the club. The Ivorian was one of the four signings made by former United manager, Jose Mourinho, in 2016. When fit, Bailly is a rock in defence but he has struggled with injuries in the last 18 months. The 25-year-old is fit again and ready to play if selected.

Happenings Media