Ibrahi­movic: Man Utd have ‘some­thing big on the go’

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ZLA­TAN IBRAHI­MOVIC be­lieves Manch­ester United have “some­thing big on the go” af­ter scor­ing a bi­cy­cle kick on his first Red Dev­ils ap­pear­ance.

Ibrahi­movic, 34, met An­to­nio Va­len­cia’s cross with a typ­i­cally ath­letic vol­ley as United beat Galatasaray 5-2.

The Turk­ish side bossed the re­main­der of the half and led thanks to goals from Si­nan Gu­mus and Bruma.

But a much-changed United side turned the match around through Wayne Rooney (two), Marouane Fel­laini and Juan Mata.

And Swedish striker Ibrahi­movic be­lieves the fu­ture is bright for the Red Dev­ils, who con­tinue to be linked with a £100m move for Ju­ven­tus mid­fielder Paul Pogba.

“There is some­thing big on the go, it’s go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing this year,” he said. “Let us say that if Pogba comes too, it’s go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing.

“I’m go­ing to help the team as much as I can and do what I’m good at, cre­at­ing chances and scor­ing goals.”

Man­ager Jose Mour­inho used 22 play­ers and will leave Gothen­burg with as many ques­tions as an­swers as he pon­ders his start­ing XI for next Sun­day’s Com­mu­nity Shield, which sees his FA Cup win­ners face Premier League cham­pi­ons Le­ices­ter at Wem­b­ley.

Ibrahi­movic led the line in the first half, with Rooney be­hind him and Anthony Mar­tial and Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan ei­ther side.

But half-time re­place­ments Mar­cus Rash­ford, Ash­ley Young and Jesse Lin­gard looked far sharper and led to United’s re­vival af­ter a sleepy first 45 min­utes.

Rooney equalised with a clean vol­ley from another Va­len­cia cross be­fore Rash­ford won a penalty with an in­di­vid­ual run from near half­way, and cap­tain Rooney con­verted.

Va­len­cia then made another goal as Fel­laini drifted a header into the cor­ner and Mata - who was sold by Mour­inho at Chelsea - col­lected Michael Car­rick’s clever ball to slide in.

World Cup win­ner Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger - one of nine play­ers re­port­edly told they can leave the club - did not fea­ture.

Manch­ester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho ad­dressed ru­mours of an im­pend­ing culling of play­ers in the squad.

“If the play­ers were not in my plans I would not give them one sin­gle minute, I would not keep them in my squad.

“The squad is very com­pet­i­tive, the squad is very im­por­tant for the sea­son.

“We have 38 matches in the Premier League, we have the pos­si­bil­ity of 15 matches in the Europa League, plus do­mes­tic cups, we are go­ing to play 60 matches. So with 60 matches we can­not do it with 11 play­ers.

“To be in the squad you have to un­der­stand that the squad is more im­por­tant than the in­di­vid­ual, the club is more im­por­tant than all of us, and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this, to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 min­utes, play one minute, not be se­lected, ev­ery­thing is part of a squad life.” BBC Sport

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic scores his Galatasaray fifi rst Manch­ester United goal in the pre-sea­son friendly against

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