Ighalo, on loan at Old Trafford from Shanghai Shenhua, described it as a “bitter” experience and he is desperate to avoid a repeat at Wembley this weekend.
“It was a difficult one to take against Crystal Palace, we lost 2-1 at Wembley,” the 31-year-old told MUTV. “If we’d have won, we’d have played United in the final.
The striker suffered last-four heartbreak four years ago when playing for Watford, who were beaten 2-1 by Crystal Palace to miss out on a showpiece showdown with his current club United.
Saturday’s semi-final takes place behind closed doors at Wembley Stadium, with kick-off set for 7.45pm BST local time.
That makes it a 2.45pm ET, 11.45am PT, start for folks tuning in from the US, and a 4.45am AEST kick off on Sunday morning for folk tuning in from Australia).
“The team is not selected yet. Jesse and Sergio both have a good chance of being involved,” said Solskjaer.
“Jesse is a part of the club. He has worked really hard and he deserves his chance to come back in. We know his qualities. He has different qualities to other players and he knows we value him.”
Arsenal has lost its last seven matches against City, conceding three goals on six of those occasions. However, the London team did beat City in the FA Cup semifinals in April 2017 near the end of Guardiola’s first season in charge of the holders, who weren’t the trophy-winning machine then that they are now.
It is another meeting between Guardiola and his former assistant at City, Arteta, who joined Arsenal in December for his first senior coaching job and is already starting to make an impact.