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Zlatan Ibrahimovic fires winner as Manchester United beat Leicester to win Community Shield

Zlatan fires winner as United beat Leicester to win Community Shield

07/08/2016 at 17:03Updated 07/08/2016 at 19:05

Community Shield, Wembley - Leicester City 1 (Vardy 52) Manchester United 2 (Lingard 31, Ibrahimovic 83).

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored on his competitive debut seven minutes from time to give Manchester United a 2-1 win over Leicester City to win the Community Shield.

Jose Mourinho's first test in the United hotseat finished with a trophy having taken the lead in the first half through a fine solo effort from Jesse Lingard.

But the Premier League champions, who hit the crossbar through Shinzi Okazaki, hit back after the break when Jamie Vardy pounced on an error from Marouane Fellaini to equalise.

United, who also handed a debut to defender Eric Bailly, spurned a chance through Zlatan while Foxes new signing Ahmed Musa was guilty of a bad miss in the closing stages.

But it was Zlatan who had the final say with a header, although replays showed he was just off-side, to give Mourinho his first trophy.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United celebration, AFP

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Manchester United celebration, AFPAFP

And it was a good day all round for the FA Cup holders with the news today that Paul Pogba is set to have a medical ahead of his world record move.

TALKING POINT

How did Zlatan fare on his competitive debut? By his lofty standards he was very quiet playing in a deep role until the 83rd minute. The Swede had one chance to score which he fluffed from close range and his link-up play with Anthony Martial and a below-par Wayne Rooney was patchy. He had to use his physical strength to deal with Leicester's defenders but eventually delivered with a brilliant trademark header to steal the headlines.

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Manchester United's Jesse Lingard scores their first goal - Leicester City v Manchester United - FA Community Shield - Wembley Stadium - 7/8/16

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard scores their first goal - Leicester City v Manchester United - FA Community Shield - Wembley Stadium - 7/8/16Reuters

MAN OF THE MATCH

Eric Bailly (Manchester United): After a nervy start, the Ivorian showed his strength and speed with a series of important challenges and clearances. He was booked for one too many barges but looked solid for a 22-year-old playing his first game in English football.

PLAYER RATINGS

Leicester City: Schmeichel 5, Simpson 5, Huth 6, Morgan 5, Fuchs 6, Mahrez 5, King 5, Drinkwater 5, Albrighton 4, Okazaki 6, Vardy 7. Subs: Gray 6, Mendy 5,Hernandez 5, Musa 4, Schlupp 5.

Manchester United: De Gea 5, Valencia 5, Bailly 7, Blind 5, Shaw 6, Carrick 5, Fellaini 4, Lingard 7, Rooney 3, Martial , Ibrahimovic 7. Subs: Herrera 4, Mata 4, Mkhitaryan 4., Rojo 5, Schneiderlin 5, Rashford 5, Mkhitaryan 4.

KEY MOMENTS:

12' - ROONEY CHANCE! Shaw sends in a floating cross which is deflected and falls for Rooney, whose low header is comfortably saved by Schmeichel.

15' - FELLAINI SHOT! Zlatan flicks the ball on for the Belgian whose hooked shot on the turn is parried by the keeper.

20' - WOODWORK! From the corner Okazaki rattles the crossbar with a glanced header at the near post, De Gea was well beaten.

31' - GOAL! Leicester 0-1 Manchester United: Stunning from Lingard who bursts his way past four players with his pace before slotting the ball past the keeper.

52' - GOAL! Leicester 1-1 Manchester United: It is that man Vardy. Fellaini with a woeful backpass straight into the path of the striker, who rounds the keeper and tucks the ball in to equalise.

79' - ZLATAN MISS! The former PSG striker pokes the ball towards goal from close range after a mistake from the keeper but Drinkwater clears the ball off the line.

81' - MUSA MISS! Leicester have a throw-in which they put into the box, Huth flicks it on for Musa who heads the ball over unchallenged from six yards.

83' - GOAL! Leicester 1-2 Manchester United: It's that man Zlatan with a powerful header into the bottom corner from Valencia's cross from the right.

KEY STATS

Manchester United have won the Community Shield on 21 occasions, a record figure (17 outright wins and four shared titles).

Indeed, the Red Devils have won the Community Shield in six of their last seven appearances (2007/08 and 2008/09 on penalties, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2013/14 and 2016/17).

Jesse Lingard is the first Manchester United player to score in the FA Cup final and subsequent Community Shield since Eric Cantona in 1996

Indeed, he is the first player to do this since Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey in 2014.

Leicester scored with their first shot on target which was also Jamie Vardy’s first shot in the match.

Jamie Vardy has scored twice and assisted another goal in his last four games at Wembley Stadium (3 for England, 1 for Leicester).

Wayne Rooney has scored or assisted in three of his last four Community Shield appearances (One goal, two assists).

No player had more touches (97) or made more passes (79) than Danny Drinkwater.

The FA Cup winners have now won the Community Shield in each of the last three seasons.

Manchester United - Zlatan Ibrahimovc and Jose Mourinho
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