Ibrahimovic goal seals Man Utd’s Community Shield win

New signing takes FA Cup winners past the EPL champions for first silverware of the new season.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United
Ibrahimovic signed for Manchester United on a free transfer from French side Paris Saint-Germain [Getty Images]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s winner ensured that Jose Mourinho’s reign at Manchester United got off to a winning start as the FA Cup holders beat Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 in England’s Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley.

Ibrahimovic leapt above Leicester captain Wes Morgan in the 83rd minute to head Antonio Valencia’s cross beyond Kasper Schmeichel, marking his official debut with a decisive contribution on Sunday.

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Jamie Vardy had earlier equalised after capitalising on a hideous lapse from Marouane Fellaini following Jesse Lingard’s superb solo opener in the 31st minute.

United started brightly, with Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic forming a lively forward pairing. 

Another new signing, Eric Bailly, made an encouraging start, although he was regularly tested by Vardy, who displayed the same tenacity and directness that characterised his excellent performances last term.

“I’m used to winning trophies; I didn’t come here to waste time,” Ibrahimovic had told Manchester United TV on the eve of the game.

“For me, every trophy is very serious. I have collected 30 trophies and I want to collect more of them. I’m not satisfied until I collect everything.

“I didn’t come here to lose time. I came here to win. I believe the philosophy is the same for the club, especially a club like this. They are made to win.”

Source: News Agencies