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Sunday, August 7

Leicester 1-2 Manchester United: Zlatan Ibrahimovic nets Wembley winner on debut - 5 things we learned

The Swede headed a late winner after Jesse Lingard and Jamie Vardy traded goals as Jose Mourinho claimed his first trophy as Red Devils boss

Zlatan Ibrahimovic marked his competitive Manchester United debut with a goal to win the Community Shield .
The Swedish striker headed in Antonio Valencia's hanging cross in the 83 minute to earn United a 2-1 win over champions Leicester at Wembley in the season curtain-raiser.
Jesse Lingard, United's FA Cup final match-winner against Crystal Palace in May, gave new boss Jose Mourinho's men a 32 minute lead with a stunning solo goal.
He picked the ball up just inside Leicester's half, burst past four players and slotted the ball past Kasper Schmeichel.
Jamie Vardy equalised seven minutes into the second half after pouncing on Marouane Fellaini's poor back-pass and rounding David De Gea.


But Ibrahimovic had the final say as United lifted the first piece of silverware of the new season.
Here's what Adrian Kajumba learned at Wembley.

1. United under Mourinho

Lingard opened the scoring with a superb run and shot


It will take time to rid United of the bad habits picked up under Louis van Gaal but there were signs against Leicester that Jose Mourinho is making progress on that front.
While the first thought during the Dutchman's reign was sideways or backwards, United are now looking up the pitch.


They try and move the ball around quicker too compared to the pedestrian play of the last two seasons.
And there was a fluidity to their setup too with Mourinho allowing his front four to interchange and pose Leicester different problems as the game wore on.

2. Leicester's team

Leicester City v Manchester United - FA Community Shield
Vardy picked up where he left off last season


Claudio Ranieri kept faith with the team who won the league, minus the departed N'Golo Kante whose starting place was taken by Andy King
The four summer signings involved all started on the bench but of those who came on Ahmed Musa showed signs he has what it takes to force his way into the starting eleven sooner rather than later.
The Nigerian has pace to burn and was always on the move which made him a constant threat.
Leicester looked much livelier with him, and fellow half-time sub Demarai Gray, on the pitch.

3. Lingard, Blind and Fellaini

Fellaini didn't cover himself in glory


Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Jesse Lingard might be three of the players you feared for when Jose Mourinho was appointed.
But they have all convinced Mourinho they still have important roles to play and started against Leicester at Wembley.
Lingard's selection was especially eye-catching, ahead of new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but justified his selection with a solo wonder-goal and Daley Blind was his quietly-effective self at centre-back.
Fellaini, though, didn't cover himself in glory when his poor backpass gifted Jamie Vardy Leicester's equaliser.

4. Eric Bailly shows promise

Eric Bailly impressed on his Red Devils debut


Eric Bailly looks like he could have all the tools for English football.
Quick across the ground, strong in the challenge and good in the air the £30m Ivorian centre-back passed his first big test in English football, against Jamie Vardy.
He had a couple of rash moments too though, the sort of kinks Jose Mourinho has mentioned he wants to iron out of his game.

5. Spotlight on Wayne Rooney

Rooney will need to improve on today's performance


The arrivals of match-winner Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan plus last season's emergence of Marcus Rashford have increased the spotlight on Wayne Rooney.
It is no longer as easy as it once was to make a case for him starting in Manchester United's best side. Especially not on this form.
Countless times United moves ended because of a poor Rooney first touch or pass.
He will have to step up his game especially with Jose Mourinho no stranger to dropping big names.

2 comments:

  1. Up united

    up mourinho

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thumbs up boys..

    we are finally back to winning ways

    ReplyDelete

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