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Zlatan feels 'alive' after scoring on Man United debut

Zlatan sprung to life in the second half at the Vitality Stadium. Credit: PA

New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels "alive" in the Premier League after announcing his arrival in the English top flight with a fine goal against Bournemouth.

Ibrahimovic's 25-yard drive helped seal a 3-1 victory for United at the Vitality Stadium and means the striker has now scored on debut in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney's goals had earlier put the visitors in command as manager Jose Mourinho, and Ibrahimovic, enjoyed winning starts to their United careers.

"It was good, very good. I feel alive," Ibrahimovic said.

"I always try to create some chances, help my team-mates, whoever scored today was not important. Only get the win to start the Premier League well.

"I found it was a good game, not easy, the first half was hard," Ibrahimovic said. The second became easier. We found our game much more in the second half and scored a second and third one. The game then was, not easier, but much more open."

Mourinho believes Zlatan is 'at the top of his qualities'

Zlatan celebrates with Mourinho after his goal. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is "at the top of his qualities" and can spearhead Manchester United's trophy drive both at home and in Europe, according to Jose Mourinho.

New United boss Mourinho was delighted with his side's 3-1 victory at Bournemouth on the Premier League's opening weekend, with Juan Mata, Wayne Rooney and Ibrahimovic all on target at the Vitality Stadium.

Mourinho hailed 34-year-old Ibrahimovic's mentoring qualities with United's younger stars, but also insisted the evergreen 116-cap Sweden striker remains at the sport's pinnacle.

Mourinho said:

Forget the passport, forget 34 years old: the body and mentality is not of a 34-year-old guy. I think he's at the top of his qualities. His table for breakfast and his table for meals, he is surrounded by the young ones, surrounded by the kids.

Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford, these are the guys that are with him on the table. So he knows what he can be for them. When I look to the players that were not on the pitch, (Jesse) Lingard, Rashford, (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan, Memphis Depay, Ashley Young, we have a lot.

So when September arrives, when cup talk arrives and the Europa League arrives, we have the people to play and to try to be competitive in every competition.

– Man United manager Jose Mourinho

Zlatan makes fast start with Man Utd

Zlatan celebrates his goal against Bournemouth. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic was delighted to make a winning start to his Manchester United career.

The star striker put the seal on a 3-1 win against Bournemouth, after Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney had already scored to give United the advantage.

"We weren't at 100 per cent but in the second half it became easier," Ibrahimovic told Sky Sports.

"It was a good game, a good start and it was important to start with a win.

"It's not easy. Everything is new for me. Slowly I get settled in, play my game and make my team win."

Man Utd match-winner Zlatan eyeing more trophies

Zlatan's header won the Community Shield for Man Utd. Credit: PA

Zlatan Ibrahimovic hopes the Community Shield is just the start of a trophy-laden stay with Manchester United after his late winner secured a 2-1 victory over Leicester at Wembley.

The former Sweden striker, a free transfer signing this summer after leaving Paris St Germain, headed home an 83rd-minute decider after Foxes forward Jamie Vardy had cancelled out Jesse Lingard's fine opener.

It is the first piece of silverware for a new-look United now under the leadership of Jose Mourinho but the much-travelled Ibrahimovic is determined to ensure it is not the last.

He told BT Sport: "It feels good. First official game, we play for the trophy and we win, that's what it's all about, winning trophies.

"This is my 31st trophy, collective trophy, and I'm super happy. This is why I came and hopefully I can win much more than this."

He added of the match: "It was a difficult game, we played against a good team, the champions from last season, and you can see it's a very strong team.

"Our team is something big going on, we're at the beginning, but we begin with a trophy, so it's a good start."


Zlatan hails new 'perfect strike partner' Rooney

Zlatan and Rooney playing in a friendly for Manchester United. Credit: PA

New Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described club captain Wayne Rooney as the "perfect partner for a striker".

Rooney has dropped into in a midfield role for United and England of late but new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants to utilise the 30-year-old further forward.

On Saturday a 5-2 friendly win for United over Galatasaray saw Rooney score twice and Ibrahimovic once, and the latter says he can see "only success" if the two play alongside each other in attack.

The 34-year-old Swede, recruited this summer on a free transfer after leaving Paris St Germain, told MUTV: "I think every big player can work with other big players. That's not a problem.

"We are 11 players not two players on the pitch. It's up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

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