Quique Sanchez remains unconcerned by the form of Odion Ighalo and is encouraged his top-scorer is still getting in the positions to add to his tally.
Ighalo spurned four reasonable chances on Saturday, most glaringly when he headed over a pin-point cross from Nordin Amrabat in the second half. Thrillingly, he buried a header from the same distance, from a similar cross slung over by Valon Behrami against Liverpool in December. He has scored only twice in the league since and only has one in his last eight league outings.
“For us he is a very important player and he had a couple of chances for us today because he is always in the box creating attempts,” said Sanchez Flores of his 14-goal striker. “So Ighalo didn’t score but he fought and tried until the last minute.
“Ighalo is trying like always. He is always expecting to score and sometimes you need to talk to Ighalo sometimes to make sure he doesn’t get frustrated with himself. We say look you have our confidence and you are in a good way. So maybe in this moment he is not scoring but he is creating attempts and he is close to the box. We are not afraid.”
Perhaps a visit on Wednesday to Old Trafford, a ground where he has aspirations of one day playing regularly, might spark a return to form.