Ighalo: I have always loved United
Visiting Old Trafford 🏟 Supporting from Nigeria 🇳🇬 His first Reds shirt 🔴 Odion recently discussed all three...
When was the first time you personally visited Old Trafford? The last time I visited Old Trafford was in 2013. I just visited the stadium to see how it is because I’ve been a Manchester United fan since I was young. I visited the stadium and took pictures outside it. Do you remember setting your eyes on the stadium for the first time? When I set my eyes on it? It was in 2013 when I came to see the stadium, to visit it and go around taking pictures outside the stadium. The first time I played there was for Watford in 2016. And what was your first view of it in 2013? Was it as big and impressive as you had envisaged? Manchester United is a big club. When I saw that, I was amazed. I was outside the stadium and I took pictures. Then I played there with Watford, against United, and it made me even more happy. I came out of the stadium and stood looking at it. This is the stadium you have been watching back home when you were young and now you’re playing here for Watford against Man United. It feels good. And even now, playing for United? It’s making even greater moments for me. We know the fans back in Nigeria are fanatical as we have seen videos of them – can you describe what it is typically like watching games from there? It’s good – you have to go to an event centre and pay to watch the games. Any time United were playing, I’d go with my siblings. You’d have to pay to watch the games and now people are watching me and United. It is a big fanbase and it is growing even much bigger. Everybody is sending me messages saying they can’t wait to see me and watch the United games. I am very happy about that. Did you have a United shirt as a youngster? If so, did you have a name on the back? I had a United jersey but no player name on the back. It was one of the old blue ones but definitely no name on the back. You have to pay to put names on the back and there was no money to pay for that! I just got the United top. Can you remember the year of that kit? It was a blue one but a long time ago. I can’t remember as I was very, very young. Did you have one specific hero back then, maybe Andy Cole, who you pretended to be when you were playing with your friends? Yeah because I watched him play and he was a very good striker. He scored goals and the partnership with Dwight Yorke was great. As a striker, I knew he was a brilliant player and it gave me the aim to strike and score goals. Do you have any memories of the team that won the Treble? It was good, I even remember when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came on and scored in that game and the team won the game, with Alex Ferguson. It was a great moment. The Champions League final. I was very young – it’s crazy.