Zlatan Ibrahimovic provided the winner in his first competitive game for Manchester United on Sunday as the Red Devils defeated Leicester City 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in the Community Shield.
Jesse Lingard gave United the lead in the 32nd minute after a nice individual performance that saw him dribble past several Leicester defenders before finding the back of the net. Jamie Vardy tied things up in the 52nd minute after a sloppy back pass by Marouane Fellaini that gave Vardy a breakaway.
Ibrahimovic was the first big signing for manager Jose Mourinho this summer, as the Swedish superstar joined the team on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. Zlatan headed in the winner in the 83rd minute after beating Wes Morgan in an aerial challenge and connecting with a cross from Antonio Valencia, earning him his 31st title in his career. Mourinho said that the winning goal was a good example of what Ibrahimovic’s strengths are.
“Zlatan will be more dangerous when we are more dominant and play closest to the box,” Mourinho told the club’s official website. “Zlatan is not a very fast player to play 50 metres away from the box like where Vardy can be dangerous. Zlatan needs the team to play, he needs the team to produce and he needs the team to be arriving in the final third.
“It’s something that we also have to change because the profile of this team was more about possession of the ball. Even arriving in crossing positions, the team normally plays back again and tries to change to the other side. We are trying to change. The reality is the second goal is a great example of that.”