It only took Zlatan Ibrahimovic less than four minutes before he scored his first goal for Manchester United, as the Red Devils defeated Galatasaray 5-2 on Saturday in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Ibrahimovic started the match and got the Swedish fans on their feet in the fourth minute when he opened up the scoring with a bicycle kick from inside the penalty area on a Antonio Valencia cross. Galatasaray came back and had a 2-1 lead at halftime after goals by Sinan Gumus and Bruma.
United came storming back in the second half, with Wayne Rooney picking up two goals and Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata coming off the bench to score as well. Marcus Rashford also came off the bench and had a fine showing, which pleased manager Jose Mourinho.
“I think everyone gave everything to improve,” Mourinho said. “And even with the guys who came on at 4-2, I told them to forget the result, don’t play like we are winning 4-2. ‘You need this 30 minutes to play high tempo, high intensity, forget the 4-2.’ That’s what they all tried to do. Of course Marcus did well. Of course Ibra did show glimpses of the things he can bring us. But when I see guys like Fellaini, Martial, Schneiderlin, they trained two days and they can be here. I told them, ‘Don’t try to go with the intensity of the game, go with an intensity that makes you comfortable.’
“I prefer this way, I prefer that they are on the pitch so I am happy. I am happy with the opposition, they played already six or seven matches so they were in a higher tempo than us. I am happy with it all. And I am happy that out of such a big group we have just Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] and Chris Smalling with little injuries and apart from them, no injuries and everything looks like it’s going well.”