LIFELONG Manchester United fan Odion Ighalo admits his obsession with scoring at Old Trafford caused an argument with Troy Deeney in the Watford boss's office - after his greed was blamed for a Hornets' defeat.
Angry that Ighalo shot rather than tee him up for a sitter in 2016, Deeney has revealed he declined to fly home with the squad to avoid a confrontation as he had "lost his head" with his strike partner.
And after that frank revelation from Deeney, current United loanee Ighalo has accepted he was in the wrong - but claims his then team-mate would have done the same if he was facing Aston Villa.
Both players describe each other as "the nicest guy" you could meet and insist the matter was soon resolved when boss Quique Sanchez Flores asked them to explain their problem.
But Ighalo has confessed he was so stressed by his desire to score on his first game at Old Trafford that it affected his judgement - ahead of Juan Mata firing the only goal for United.
"God knows I was supposed to pass but I tried to shoot but I missed. We had an argument. We don’t have a problem.Odion Ighalo
He said: "He had like four, five shots and then there was one... all he had to do was square it and I’m rolling it in from eight yards.
"And then he shot and it went wide. And he knew. You know when you know, because he looked at me and was like, 'Ah'. Like, this is gonna get sticky.
"(Afterwards) I literally said to the manager: 'You put me on this plane, there’s gonna be problems, so let me just calm down' and I drove from Manchester to Watford.
"We spoke about it the day after, and I was just like, “Dude, we’ve just gotta win and if you’d let me score Man United would have had to come out, you’d have had three of four other chances to score'.
‘But he built that game up so much. That was the game, he’s a Man United fan, a lot of his family in Africa are Man United fans.
"It was never going to get physical between me and him or anything like that, it was just genuinely a pure frustration, like 'Dude, you’re better than that'.
"But he will be good for Man United and honestly I can see them keeping him next year. I don’t see them getting rid."
Ighalo explained to ELEGBETE TV: "I’m a Manchester United fan which everybody knows, right from when I was young so my first game against Manchester United at Old Trafford… I was a bit tense and I was a bit hype.
"I want to do well in that game, I want to score against a team I’ve been supporting from young.
"So that game I did everything to score but I could not. There was one or two chances. God knows I was supposed to pass that ball but I tried to shoot but I missed the chance so he was not happy about that.
"But we didn’t really talk about that until the next day then the coach called us and said: 'What happened?'. We lost the game because Mata scored a free-kick and it finished Man United 1-0 Watford so we’re not really happy.
"We had a bit of an argument. We don’t have a problem. Troy Deeney is a good guy, he’s one of the nicest guys I’ve played with. He says it how it is. He’s not a guy that beats around the bush. If he’s not happy, he says what he feels.
"‘So I know that game he was not happy, I know I was supposed to pass in that game but the emotions were high.
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"I know any time we played against Aston Villa he wants to score, he can die to score, so it’s just the same thing as me when I wanted to score against Manchester United.
"We continued playing and training as normal and I’ve never had a problem with Troy Deeney or anyone.
"We never insulted each other, never confronted each other about that. He was not happy about that game but the next day we talked about it and that’s it."