Manchester United 2-0 Southampton Zlatan Ibrahimovic Goals
Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed the limelight as Paul Pogba made his long-awaited Manchester United return.
The Swedish striker scored twice for Jose Mourinho’s men as they eased past Southampton at a buoyant Old Trafford.
Pogba was making his second United debut following his £89m move from Juventus…
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But it was Ibrahimovic who stole the show, first heading home Wayne Rooney’s cross before slotting home from the penalty spot.
Here are five things we learned.
Pogba, who is starting to boss the game, gives it to Valencia on the right. He skins Targett and stands up a deep cross to Ibrahimovic, who rises imperiously and then completely mistimes a looping header back across goal. Rooney was flagged offside but it wasn’t going in anyway.
Throughout his career Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been a ludicrously talented but curiously flawed player.
For all his league titles, and for all the European giants he has played for this is a footballer who is yet to win a Champions League.
There are many theories to explain away this absence of fortune in continental competition but by far the most convincing is that Ibrahimovic is somewhat of a flat-track bully.
And while it would be easy to take that as a slight, the reality is that it is a compliment to a player who has scored hundreds of goals to actively propel his team to titles.