Sunday Jul 19, 2020. 14:00
Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo says he is eagerly anticipating the FA Cup semifinal clash with Chelsea on Sunday evening.
United and the Blues will meet at Wembley Stadium in London, with the Red Devils hoping to claim a fourth win over the Blues this season and seal a place in the final on Saturday 1 August.
With the Red Devils having had two days less rest than their opponent heading into this evening’s match, there is a fair chance Ighalo will be given a starting role, or at least see plenty of action as a substitute.
And the Nigerian, who has scored three goals in the FA Cup for United thus far, says playing against Frank Lampard’s team in such an auspicious occasion will be a huge motivation for him to perform.
“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,” Ighalo told United’s official website.
“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.
“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 semifinal. All those games don’t count though.”