Zlatan makes immediate United impact

New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic took just 195 seconds to score his first goal in a Manchester United shirt in the 5-2 friendly win over Galatasaray in Gothenburg.

Captain Wayne Rooney scored twice in the second half but it was his Swedish team-mate, back in his homeland, who stole the headlines.

Ibrahimovic, like Rooney, David de Gea, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial, was making his first appearance of pre-season and was on target inside four minutes in typical style.

Antonio Valencia’s cross was met with an acrobatic overhead kick which bounced up off the turf to beat Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera high to his left.

Sinan Gumus and Bruma scored before half-time to put the Turkish side in front but, after Ibrahimovic went off at the break, Rooney struck twice, once from the penalty spot.

Marouane Fellaini headed a fourth before Juan Mata turned in Michael Carrick’s cross 16 minutes from time to complete the scoring.

Speaking after the match, Ibrahimovic predicted big things for United this season.

“There is something big on the go, it’s going to be very interesting this year,” he said. “Let us say that if Pogba comes too, it’s going to be very interesting.

“I’m going to help the team as much as I can and do what I’m good at, creating chances and scoring goals.”

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