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Ibrahimovic fires United to Community Shield win

Ibrahimovic fires United to Community Shield win

LONDON: Zlatan Ibrah­imovic scored an 83rd-minute winner as Manchester United beat Leicester 2-1 Sunday to capture the Community Shield and earn Jose Mourinho his first trophy as the club’s manager.

On the day United moved closer to signing Paul Pogba in potentially a world-record transfer, their most high-profile off-season signing so far made an immediate impact in the English season’s traditional curtain-raiser at Wembley Stadium.

Having a quiet game by his high standards, Ibrahimovic met Antonio Valencia’s right-wing cross by leaping high and directing his header in off the post.

Eleven weeks after scoring an extra-time winner for United in the FA Cup final at Wembley, Jesse Lingard returned to the stadium to put his team ahead in the 32nd minute with a solo goal.

Jamie Vardy equalised for the Premier League champions in the 52nd, punishing an error by Marouane Fellaini.“It feels good. The first official game, we play for a trophy and we win. 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.

“I feel very good. The team is fantastic. Good team-mates, good spirit. The coach does everything to win. It is probably the biggest club I played in.”

Published in Dawn, August 8th, 2016

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