The Super Eagles center-back played at Old Trafford on Saturday but his ex-international teammate was an unused substitute for the Red Devils
Watford defender William Troost-Ekong said he felt “great” to ascertain Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo after Saturday’s FA Cup third round outing.
Scott McTominay’s early strike within the fifth minute separated both teams at Old Trafford because the Red Devils knocked out the Championship club.
Troost-Ekong saw 76 minutes of action before he was replaced while his compatriot Ighalo was an unused substitute after making a return to Manchester United’s matchday squad for the primary time since Immaculate Conception.
Saturday’s reunion was the primary time the Nigeria stars met since the 2019 Africa Cup of countries, when the Super Eagles won bronze in Egypt, after which Ighalo called time on his international career.
“Great to ascertain my big brother Odion Ighalo! Keep flying the flag for us,” Troost-Ekong tweeted.
Great to ascertain my big brother @ighalojude! Keep flying the flag for us 🇳🇬😁 pic.twitter.com/xFUXTZID3g
— William Troost-Ekong (@WTroostEkong) January 10, 2021
Ighalo, who spent two-and-a-half years at Watford, helped Troost-Ekong choose to finish his permanent switch from Serie A club Udinese to Vicarage Road in September.
“Ekong may be a nice guy, I do know him from the national team, and he played in Udinese too, as I played in Udinese,” Ighalo said before Saturday’s encounter.
“Before he came to Watford, he sent me messages saying Gino (Pozzo) wanted him to return to Watford.
“Gino told him how I came from Granada to assist the team gain promotion to the Premier League and needs him to try to an equivalent thing.
“I told him he had to travel to Watford, that Watford is one among the simplest family clubs.
“I played there for two-and-a-half years and had a tremendous time, they took care of me and had no problems. He said okay which he would believe.
“I’m happy for him and happy he’s doing well, that’s the foremost important thing. I hope Watford keep doing well and gain promotion to the Premier League because that’s where they belong.”