Paul Ince makes strange claim about Odion Ighalo’s Man Utd wondergoal at LASK

Manchester United legend Paul Ince has challenged Odion Ighalo over his stunning strike in United's 5-0 Europa League win at LASK on Thursday night.

The last-16 first leg tie was played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus and Ince believed the empty stadium was a factor behind Ighalo's audacious attempt.

Ighalo's opener was a thing of beauty as the Nigerian forward collected a pass from Bruno Fernandes before juggling the ball on the edge of the area and then unleashing a ferocious shot into the top corner.

It was a goal worthy of a standing ovation but was only witnessed by a handful of people and Ince hinted the striker may not have tried his luck, had the stands been full.

"It reminds me of one of those goals you try in training," said Ince on BT Sport. "If it's a full house I don't know.

"Maybe I'm doing a disservice to him, but I don't know…"

However, Owen Hargreaves, another former Man Utd midfielder, leapt to the striker's defence and heaped praise on Ighalo.

"Come on, Incey, that's a beautiful goal! That's one of the best goals he's ever scored," said Hargreaves.

Ighalo's first half strike was his fourth in eight games since his loan move from Chinese side Shanghai Shenua in January and it paved the way for United to hit four unanswered goals in the second half.

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