Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star as Manchester United made it six points from six with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Southampton. ...
Zlatan Ibrahimovic was the star as Manchester United made it six points from six with a comfortable 2-0 home win over Southampton.
Ibrahimovic announced himself on the big stage with a goal just 36 minutes into his Old Trafford debut, powering a header past Fraser Forster.
His second goal came from the penalty spot; Luke Shaw being caught Jordy Clasie with the Swede sending Forster the wrong way from the spot.
Although Southampton were by no means outclassed, the Red Devils could have added more to their tally as the game opened up in the closing stages.
Pogba, the most expensive man in football with an £89million price tag around his neck, was handed his second United debut after missing the season opener through suspension but Ibrahimovic is not a man to be outdone easily.
Pogba is United’s future, and he turned in a midfield performance brimming with athleticism, energy and skill, but Ibrahimovic is the man of the moment, taking his tally to four goals in his first three matches with a precision header and a neat penalty.
The return of the prodigal child certainly caused a pre-match stir, with Pogba’s image glaring broodingly from the matchday programme and the home fans reserving their loudest roar for his name.
After such a build-up it was almost inevitable that his first touch would be a disappointment and he duly mis-controlled the ball off his instep before giving it away with a sloppy retrieval attempt.
But the fans were audibly energised, a stark contrast to the flatness of the Louis van Gaal era, and Ibrahimovic, Pogba and Juan Mata were soon probing away with a series of neat touches and flicks in the final third.
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