Ighalo Steals Rooney’s Spotlight In United’s 3-0 Against Derby
Odion Ighalo and Manchester United teammates 

Ighalo Steals Rooney’s Spotlight In United’s 3-0 Against Derby

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Odion Ighalo scored twice for Manchester United against Derby to take his tally to three goals in two starts for the Red Devils.

United defeated the championship side 3-0 at Pride Park to set up an FA Cup last-eight tie with Norwich who knocked out Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

On a night when former United captain, Wayne Rooney, was the main focus, it was Ighalo who grabbed the headlines during and after the game.

Luke Shaw opened the scoring for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side on 33 minutes when his volley smacked into the turf and over the head of Derby goalkeeper, Kelle Roos, after both Lingard and Fernandes' shot had been blocked.

The England left-back turned provider eight minutes later when he burst forward before playing a pass to Ighalo who scambled his way around two defenders before poking home with his left foot.

With the Premier League side holding a two-goal advantage, they controlled the pace of the game for the remainder of the first half.

Derby, however, returned from the break strong and tried to force things with Morgan Whittaker glancing a header just wide of the left post from close range.

United, though, regained control as the half went on and started to create chances for themselves which eventually led to a third goal.

Ighalo got his second 25 minutes into the second half when he smashed a second-time effort into the roof of the net after his initial effort was blocked close to the goal-line by Jayden Bogle.

While Ighalo was definitely the man to get the spotlight on the night, Rooney also gave a good performance and almost scored twice from free-kicks but a scrambling Sergio Romero scrunched up the script.

When Ighalo was signed on the last day of the January transfer window, the signing was held up as a symbol of just how far the club had slipped since the sort of glory days enjoyed by Rooney in a Manchester United shirt.

But with his showings since his first game against Chelsea, it is becoming increasingly possible that United would extend his stay at the club beyond the six months deal which he signed from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.

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