Odion Ighalo has vowed to dedicate every goal he scores for Manchester United to the memory of his late sister, who passed on in December 2019.
The Nigerian forward lost his elder sister two months ago after she slumped and died in her home in Canada while preparing her kids for school.
Ahead of the showdown, the 30-year-old, who showed off his new boots with his sister's name etched on them, has revealed that he would dedicate his goals to her.
“My sister was a strong United fan. All of us grew up watching Manchester United, we all supported them," the ex-Super Eagles star told ‘The Sun’.
“Mary's husband followed Chelsea, while their children were Manchester City and Liverpool fans, but she stayed loyal to United.
“She always prayed I would sign for United. Even when she came to watch me in the Premier League playing for Watford she hoped I would join United.
“The painful part for me is that I now have signed for United, but she is not here to see it. However, I know she is up there watching me.
“That is why I am going to play with her name on my boots, so she is always with me at Old Trafford or in any game for Manchester United.
“Every goal I score from now until I finish my career will be dedicated to God and to her.
“I have written her name on my special white T-shirt and put her name on my boots. I want to show the world she is always with me.
“It means she can feel me playing at Old Trafford, feel that dream we all prayed for, even though she is not here to see it.
“But she will be on my feet, assisting me on the pitch.”
Ighalo joined the Red Devils on the last day of the January transfer window from the Chinese club, Shanghai Shenhua, and could be in line to make his debut for United against Chelsea on Monday.