Ibrahimovic scores twice
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