Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauded Odion Ighalo after the Nigerian scored his fifth goal in four games for the club, reports Completesports.com.
Ighalo did a great job when the Red Devils beat Norwich City 2-1 in their quarter-final tie at Carrow Road on Saturday night.
The 31-year-old gave United the lead early in the second half, but Todd Cantwell's 20-yard move, and an inspired performance by goalkeeper Tim Krul, forced extra time after Timm Klose's resignation for a challenge in the last game against Ighalo.
Harry Maguire found the winner with seconds remaining to reserve a spot in the semi-final for Solskjaer's team for the third time in six seasons.
“It was very important (keeping him in the club), it was important for me and we worked hard for it, Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room, he is a scorer, a hunter, he is strong, we can play the ball on it, it showed the second and Paul (Pogba) found it, ”said Solskjaer.
"He has a good performance, but it also gives me the chance to alternate with Marcus (Rashford), Anthony and Mason (Greenwood) so that they can rest and be up to date on all the games."
By Adeboye Amosu
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