Jose Mourinho claimed the Community Shield at the end of his first match as Manchester United manager after Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a late winner on his official debut for the club.
Jesse Lingard had opened the scoring against Leicester City with an excellent individual goal and Jamie Vardy equalised at the start of the second half, but the Reds’ new no.9 proved to be the match-winner with his calmly taken back-post header. It was the perfect follow-up to his pre-match interview with MUTV in which the Swede said: “I came here to win trophies – not to waste time!
There was a palpable sense of excitement among the fans an hour before kick-off after it was confirmed that Paul Pogba had been “granted permission to have a medical in order to finalise his transfer to United”. The Frenchman is set to become Mourinho’s fourth signing and the boss named two of them – Eric Bailly and Ibrahimovic – in his XI, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan later coming as a 92nd-minute substitute.