Odion Ighalo paid tribute to his late sister after scoring first goal for Manchester United


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reaction said it all as Odion Ighalo slotted home his first goal for Manchester United. 

The Red Devils boss could hardly contain his delight on the bench as the Nigerian scored the second of their 5-0 win over Club Brugge. 

It sends United through to the last-16 by 6-1 on aggregate, aided by Simon Deli's laughable handball which conceded the penalty for the first goal. 

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Bruno Fernandes duly converted, before Ighalo, Scott McTominay and Fred (2) joined him on the scoresheet. 

There was a special significance for each of the goalscorers. Fernandes continued his brilliant run since joining in January, McTominay was making his first start in two months and Fred once again staked his claim for Player of the Season. 

However, the night belonged to Ighalo, particularly as he used his celebration to pay tribute to his late sister, Mary Atole, who tragically passed away in December at her home in Canada. 

The Deadline Day loan signing scored thanks to a cutback from Juan Mata and then proceeded to lift his jersey, revealing a photo on his undershirt of Mary. 

Upon making his move to the Theatre of Dreams from Shanghai Shenhua, the 30-year-old had admitted it was tinged with sadness. 

"I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again," he said.

"Sometimes when I am alone and I just remember her, I have one sharp pain in my heart."

The striker has also spoken about his lifelong love for Manchester United and the fact that this was his dream move. 

It was fitting that he marked his first goal, a moment he must have envisaged so many times, with such a poignant tribute. 

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