Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a goal in his Premier League debut for Manchester United, as the Red Devils took a 3-1 win over Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday.
The 34-year-old Swede is one of the big signings brought in this summer by new manager Jose Mourinho, and after scoring the winning goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield last weekend, he got off to a good start in the league with a goal in the 64th minute to make it 3-0.
Ibrahimovic got the ball halfway into Bournemouth’s half, took a few touches and unleashed a long range effort that went in by the far post behind Artur Boruc. The goal added to the Swede’s impressive stats, having now scored in his debut in the Premier League as well as Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
Zlatan said after the game that he was pleased to have gotten a goal on his league debut, but stressed that the most important thing was to get the win.
“I try to do my job and help my team-mates,” Ibrahimovic said. “The first objective is to win. The second, if I can score in a game like that, is also good, but whoever scores helps the team.
“If it’s me, Wayne [Rooney] or someone else, it’s the same importance like if I would score. For me the victory is the most important. Whoever scores is a bonus.”
He was also asked about how he is finding the transition to playing in the Premier League.
“It’s not easy,” Ibrahimovic said. “Everything is new for me – my team-mates, the club, the environment, new stadiums but slowly I get settled in, play my game and help the team win. We want to continue like that.
“The team did good. It was a difficult game. In the first half we weren’t at 100 per cent, but in the second half it became easier, there was more space and we could play our game more. It was a good game, a good start and important to start with a win.”
Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney also scored for United in the win. Zlatan will make his Old Trafford debut on Friday when United takes on Southampton.