Manchester United's two new signings made headlines at Old Trafford Friday, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice and Paul Pogba mades his long-awaited return to the field for Manchester United–following four years at Juventus and a world-record transfer back to Old Trafford–going right into the starting lineup for a 2-0 win over Southampton.
Mourinho said not to expect Pogba to play 90 minutes or turn in a super performance, tempering expectations for the day, yet Pogba went the distance anyway, nearly scoring in stoppage time only to put his long-range blast wide of the post.
Pogba, who generally showed well in front of a pleased crowd that saw its team go to 2-0-0 on the young season, might have been consumed by nerves early on, springing Southampton for an early counterattack after this mistake with his first touches:
It was the other big-name summer addition who opened the scoring in the 36th minute, as Ibrahimovic powered a header home from the inside of the box off a Wayne Rooney cross to mark his home debut for the club in impressive fashion:
Manchester United doubled its lead in the 52nd minute, after Luke Shaw was tripped in the penalty area. Ibrahimovic buried it with a kick low and to the left, making it three league goals in two games and four goals in three matches across all competitions to kick off his United career.
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Manchester United will play next a week from Saturday at Hull City.
Southampton, which fell to 0-1-1, will also play next Saturday, hosting Sunderland.