The Nigerian attacker has continued to build on his dream move to Old Trafford because he silences those who doubted his potential.
Odion Ighalo has declared that he doesn’t care what anybody says, prepared he’s the belief of his team-mates, manager and fans following scoring a brace in Manchester United’s 3-0 win over Derby County at the FA Cup fifth round.
Following Luke Shaw opened the scoring in the 33rd minute, Ighalo fired home his side’s second in the 41st minute before wrapping up the victory with another goal in the 70th minute.
The 30-year-old, who just joined the Red Devils on deadline day from Shanghai Shenhua, has scored three goals across his first six appearances for a club he grew up supporting.
Though some initially questioned United’s decision to sign Ighalo, he has quickly proven his value and announced he could not care less what pundits could be saying about him.
“I’m happy. I need to congratulate the team for a hard fought match,” Ighalo told BT Sport post-match.
“As long as my team-mates believe in me, the boss believes in me and the fans believe in me, I just need to keep going. I do not care what anybody says.”
Ighalo’s arrival at Old Trafford has collaborated with a fantastic run of form for the Red Devils with the club to shed when the Nigerian’s been involved and winning both of their matches when he has started.
It is the stuff of fairytales for Ighalo, who’s determined not to be overawed by his position as he seems to cover back Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s faith in him.
“I am pleased to be about this game group, amazing lads and amazing manager, I’m happy and we’re working hard,” Ighalo informed BBC Sport.
“We know we will need to win the game to go through to do significant things this year and finish the season well. The start wasn’t the best we could do but after 20-25 minutes we got to the match.
“I used my power and I am happy that the ball went in. For the second, they blocked it then there’s nothing I can do besides shoot.
“I had another shot but didn’t connect well but the main thing is that we won. We wish to keep the momentum going and make sure we do good this year.”
Manchester United will face Norwich City from the FA Cup quarter-finals on March 21 but next bunch Manchester City at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.