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Community Shield: How Ibrahimovic inspired United to win

Community Shield: How Ibrahimovic inspired United to win

Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced his arrival in English football with an 83rd-minute winner as Manchester United edged Leicester City 2-1 at Wembley on Sunday to win the Community Shield, AFP reports.

The former PSG  striker had had a quiet game, but he outjumped Wes Morgan to head home Antonio Valencia’s cross to earn Jose Mourinho his first piece of silverware as United manager.

Leicester talisman Jamie Vardy had earlier punished an error by Marouane Fellaini to cancel out FA Cup match-winner Jesse Lingard’s first-half solo goal for United, who claimed a record-extending 21st Community Shield.

United, who have confirmed they are close to re-signing former player Paul Pogba from Juventus, open their Premier League campaign at Bournemouth next Sunday.

Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri handed official debuts to close-season signings Ahmed Musa, Luis Hernandez and Nampalys Mendy.

While his side came up short, he will have been encouraged by the brightness of their display, three months on from their 5,000-1 Premier League triumph.

They launch their league title defense at Hull City on Saturday.

Mourinho deployed his new-look strike partnership of Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic and both players made their presence felt in Leicester’s penalty area early on.

“It feels good. The first official game, we play for a trophy and we win. This is my 31st trophy. I’m super happy. Hopefully I can win much more than this,” Ibrahimovic told BT Sport.

“It was a difficult game. We played against a good team. They were very strong. Something big is going on with our team. We begin with a trophy.”


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