Ibrahimovic scores a brace to see off the Saints

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored both goals as Manchester United cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday night.

  • Manchester United 2 Southampton 0
  • Pogba makes return
  • Ibrahimovic opens scoring
  • Adds second from the spot
  • Tadic has goal disallowed

Match Summary

Paul Pogba looked good but was not the star of the show on his return to Old Trafford after rejoining the club for a record fee.

That honour fell to Ibrahimovic, who got his head on the end of a pinpoint Wayne Rooney cross in the 36th minute to give United a 1-0 lead and continue his rich vein of goalscoring form.

He then took his average for the season to above a goal a game after the Red Devils were awarded a penalty for Jordy Clasie bringing down Luke Shaw in the box. Ibrahimovic was first in line to take the spot kick and coolly finished in the bottom left corner to give United a 2-0 win.

Full report

It was evident from the opening whistle that Pogba was eager to make an impression on the home fans as he flew into a tackle on Dusan Tadic in just the first minute, giving away a foul and finding himself fortunate not to have been booked.

Big cheer for @paulpogba as he walked out of the tunnel. ? Welcome back! #MUFC

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The France international played well without setting the game alight, but definitely showed enough to get the home fans excited about the season ahead with him in the team.

Pogba had the first real chance of the game in the 13th minute with a curling snap shot from the edge of the area, but it was an easy height for Fraser Forster and the goalkeeper made the stop.

Southampton hit back with a rare foray into the Red Devils half six minutes later, but Tadic was just unable to get his toe onto a tantalising Nathan Redmond cross.

Ibrahimovic announced himself to the game in the 29th minute as he tried a trademark bicycle kick after Juan Mata sent a looping header into the box, but it flew high and wide.

But he was on the scoresheet just seven minutes later as Rooney whipped in a gorgeous cross for the towering striker, who rose above the defence at the far post to head the home side into the lead.

Tadic had the ball in the back of the net four minutes after half time, but the goal was correctly ruled out for offside, not that it stopped the visitors from protesting.

United were then gifted a second as Clasie stupidly clipped Shaw's heal with a careless challenge from behind considering there were still two defenders in front of the fullback ready to prevent his run.

There was no doubt about who would take the spot kick and Ibrahimovic, oozing confidence, stepped up and slotted it home to make the score 2-0 in the 52nd minute.

That's two in two for @iamzlatanibrahimovic in the league! 1-0 at the break.? #MUFC #ZlatanTime

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The Red Devils had several chances to go even further ahead as the game wore on with Rooney, Anthony Martial and Mata all going close. Martial even earned the ire of Ibrahimovic in the 76th minute when he decided to go for goal instead of squaring the ball to the unmarked striker, effectively denying him his hat-trick.

The early season fitness of the sides began to show late on as the pace of the game slowed down, but make no mistake United were full value for their 2-0 win and look very dangerous.