Super Eagles and Watford forward Odion Ighalo his side have a target of picking up maximum points at Old Trafford on Wednesday when they take on Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United.
Manchester United are suddenly high on confidence following a run of three consecutive wins over Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup, FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and Arsenal on Sunday. That last result has fuelled belief within the squad that a top-four finish is still possible and the players are determined to maintain that winning feeling against Ighalo and his team mates.
Danger man Ighalo who is Watford’s top scorer and has a formidable strike partner in Troy Deeney is pleased with how the season is going for the Hornets. The confident Nigerian forward says his side are closing in on their season target and that a win at Old Trafford is non-negotiable.
“It’s been a very productive season for me and the Watford family. We had a lot of doubters on the outside at the start of this campaign but on the inside we’ve always been confident about what we can achieve at the end of the season.
“We were all disappointed with the home draw against Bournemouth over the weekend because a victory in that game would have sealed our place in the top division for next season. We are going to try and translate everything we have done in training on the field of play at Old Trafford and hopefully we can return home with three points.” Ighalo told fcnaija.com
United have won the last 10 competitive matches against Watford and have not lost to the Hornets since a slender 1-0 defeat at Vicarage Road in September 1986. Louis van Gaal’s men triumphed at that same stadium earlier this season, on 11 November, when Troy Deeney’s own goal in added time clinched a dramatic 2-1 victory.
Ighalo will only be without Jose Manuel Jurado and Joel Ekstrand while Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo who was substituted during the second half of Sunday’s match with Arsenal after taking a kick from Danny Welbeck is a doubt. Chris Smalling missed that game through injury and it remains unclear when he will return. Phil Jones, Luke Shaw, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Ashley Young, Marouane Fellaini, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Will Keane are all expected to miss out.