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FA CUP REUNION: Former Watford FC star Odion Ighalo looks forward to facing Hornets

 Published on: 8th January 2021   |   By: Geraint Roberts   |   Category: Watford FC

Former Watford striker Odion Ighalo has told the club’s website he’s eagerly looking forward to potentially facing his former side in the FA Cup third round tomorrow evening at Old Trafford.

Now at Manchester United, who are Watford’s opponents tomorrow, Ighalo spent two and a half years at the Hornets, scoring 39 goals in 100 appearances.

Ighalo said: “It’s always exciting and hopefully it will be the second time I’ve played against Watford since I left. I can’t wait to see the lads I had such a good time with.

“It’s mixed feelings, because this is the club you’ve played for, this is the club you did well for before you left and all of that. You’re excited to play against them but at the same time you have those mixed feelings.

“You just have to be yourself and do your job. I’m always happy playing against them, I’m going to do my job, but I still have so much respect for Watford.”

The Nigerian international admitted that his time at Watford is the main reason why he’s managed to get a move to the club of his dreams and play at Old Trafford.

He added: “Me playing for Manchester United today, they saw what I did with Watford in the Premier League, that’s why I have the opportunity to be here today, so my story would not be complete in my career, my life, without mentioning Watford.”

The fixture will be new head coach Xisco Muñoz’s third game in charge of the Hornets, and first taste of the FA Cup.

Joao Pedro and Craig Cathcart have returned to training this week ahead of the game, however the Hornets will still be without Domingos Quina, Isaac Success, Stipe Perica and Christian Kabasele.

The club have confirmed however that there had been no positive COVID-19 tests in the latest round of testing.

Picture credit Watford FC 

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