Jose Mourinho made a winning Premier League start as Manchester United manager with a victory over Bournemouth at the Dean Court. Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his United league debut with a goal from 25 yards and now, the 34-year-old Swede has scored in his first league starts in England, Italy, Spain and France, and in the Champions League
Any concerns or judgement about the wild pace in English top-flight football might not suit Zlatan were dismissed with his well-executed finish.
He took a while to get going on the pitch but when he did, the Swedish legendary striker made an impact as usual. Ibrahimovic was not afraid to go where there were chances and was involved in an early clash of heads with Simon Francis while attempting to connect with Antonio Valencia’s cross to score a strong header.
It was his third goal in total for his new club already after scoring on his first appearance in a Manchester United shirt in a friendly against Galatasaray as well as the winner in the Community Shield against Leicester City.
The way in which Ibra is heading on (keeping his age in mind as nothing but experience), he can turn out to opposition’s biggest nightmare. Even though Jose has signed the likes of Pogba and Mkhitaryan, the former PSG player has taken all the attention towards himself in the football media by his heroics.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic wouldn’t have expected a better start at his new club, and that too in the Premier League so late in his career. Seems like he wasn’t really messing around with all those self-praising comments.
Mourinho to Sky Sports: “Forget the passport, forget 34 years old: the body and mentality is not of a 34-year-old guy.”
Stats on his Premier League debut.
Goals Scored: 1
Shot Accuracy: 100%
Total Chances Created: 2
Avg. Pass Accuracy: 73%
Avg. Pass Length: 12m
Avg. Duels Won: 42%
Avg. Defensive Actions: 1
(stats courtesy: squawka)
Ibrahimovic has proved within these three games that he scores goals, and he wins football matches. Something Manchester United have been struggling to do since Sir Alex left his managerial duty.