Nigerian striker, Odion Ighalo is ready to help fire Manchester United to the FA Cup finals after 2016 heartbreak got him hungrier than ever.
Odion Ighalo is definitely more determined to make Wembley showdown reflecting to heartbreaking event that caused him the chance of battling against the Red Devils in the FA cup final back in 2016.
Ighalo during his time at Watford did narrowly with his then-side lost to Crystal Palace during the Semi finals, leaving Palace to the final game against Red Devils.
Recalling the defeat to Crystal Palace as “a bitter one to take” the 31-years-old hopes to see a better outcome this time as they prepare to battle Chelsea on Sunday after his opener against Norwich in the preceding stage helped the Red Devils cling to a qualifier.Embed from Getty Images
“It was a difficult one to take against Crystal Palace, we lost 2-1 at Wembley. If we’d have won, we’d have played United in the final,” he recalled, speaking to MUTV’s Mark Sullivan ahead of Sunday’s game.
“Unfortunately, we lost. It was a bitter one to take but this is an opportunity again in an FA Cup semi-final to make it right and go forward to the final. If I’m called to play, I’m going to give all I can to help the team win the game.
“Everybody wants to play against teams like Chelsea, big teams, and play well against them and, most of all, playing at Wembley and, you know if you win, you’re in the final. So, of course, it’s going to give you more to want to fight hard and make sure you give everything to win the game.Embed from Getty Images
“To get to the final would be great for me in my life and my career. I missed out in 2016 and I have the opportunity to now get to the final with the club I’ve supported all my life. It would make my dreams perfect. It will be tough but we have what it takes.
“We have beaten them three times this season I think, one in the Carabao Cup and two in the league, and we’re playing them now in the semi-final. All those games don’t count though,” he added.
“This is a different game which is going to be even tougher without the fans in stadium. We have to fight from the first minute until the end. It’s always tough against them but I think, with the quality and momentum we have now, we are ready to go and to win against any team.”
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