Ibrahi­movic scores twice

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Lon­don: Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic scored twice on his home de­but as Manch­ester United claimed a com­fort­able Pre­mier League 2-0 win over Southamp­ton at Old Traf­ford. The Swedish striker headed home Wayne Rooney’s cross from the right.

He scored from the penalty spot af­ter Jordy Clasie tripped Luke Shaw, his third goal in two league games since join­ing on a free trans­fer this sum­mer.

Paul Pogba, United’s £89m worl­drecord sign­ing from Ju­ven­tus, made an en­er­getic full league de­but.

The vic­tory was United’s sec­ond in suc­ces­sion in the league this sea­son af­ter their open­ing-day win at Bournemouth.

Ibrahi­movic’s force of per­son­al­ity could be ev­ery bit as much of an as­set as his abil­ity to United this sea­son.

The 34-year-old, signed on a free trans­fer af­ter leav­ing Paris St-Ger­main at the end of last sea­son, marked his home de­but with a con­fi­dent dis­play that brought warm ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the home sup­port­ers. Hav­ing scored in the Com­mu­nity Shield win over Le­ices­ter City and United’s Pre­mier League week­end vic­tory at Bournemouth, Ibrahi­movic went into the match in fine form. The Swede’s move­ment was sig­nif­i­cant in a United at­tack that looks far live­lier than it did un­der the man­age­ment of Louis van Gaal last sea­son.

In­trigu­ingly, Ibrahi­movic ap­pears to have bumped cap­tain Wayne Rooney from penalty du­ties. He was quick to take on the re­spon­si­bil­ity when United were awarded a spot-kick; his fin­ish was his 25th suc­cess­ful con­ver­sion from his last 28 at­tempts.

Pogba’s re­turn to Old Traf­ford, four years af­ter he left for Ju­ven­tus with­out hav­ing made a Pre­mier League start, has been ea­gerly awaited by United fans this sum­mer.

His sec­ond de­but for the club was de­layed be­cause of a sus­pen­sion held over from his time in Italy but, with that served, man­ager Jose Mourinho tried to warn sup­port­ers against ex­pect­ing too much too soon.

The mid­fielder is still get­ting back to full speed, hav­ing been given a break af­ter help­ing France reach the Euro 2016 fi­nal - and that showed in his per­for­mance. BBC Sports

Paul Pogba (left) with Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic

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