Ighalo Equals 95-Year Old Record with Strike against Norwich 


Odion Ighalo has equalled a club record that has stood for 95 years with his strike for Manchester United against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Nigerian striker has now become the second player in the club’s history to have scored in each of his first four competitive starts for the Red Devils.

The previous player to do this was Jimmy Hanson, who achieved the feat in 1925 when he scored in consecutive starts against Hull City, Blackpool, Derby County and Aston Villa, according to Opta. 

The Manchester-born Hanson signed for United in 1924, but suffered a serious injury five years later, and was forced to retire.

In 2016, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the verge of equalling Hanson’s record when he scored in three consecutive competitive outings for United. 

However, while the then-34-year-old made a strong start to life with the Red Devils after signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, he drew a blank in his fourth competitive start, against Hull, and missed out on Hanson’s record.

Ighalo, however, has emulated Hanson’s achievement during a remarkable run early in his United career.


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