Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke his scoring drought in style with a double as Manchester United downed Swansea City 3-1 on Sunday.
Heading to Swansea on Sunday, Manchester United desperately needed an inspirational display from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They wanted to see Wayne Rooney playing a key part in their best football again. Paul Pogba was required to put in a performance which would underline his worth as the world’s most expensive footballer. And boy how they all delivered.
United were sublime as they steamrollered a listless Swansea City side, whom on this evidence are not long for the Premier League. But the visitors were every bit as good as the Swans were bad in the 3-1 triumph, with Michael Carrick dictating the pace and flow of the game from the base of midfield and allowing the bigger names in red shirts to finally find their feet.
After Pogba began a promising move in the 15th minute, Ibrahimovic and Rooney combined to tee up the Frenchman for a beautifully-guided effort into the far corner of the net from the edge of the box. Ibra then ended his eight-week league drought by driving home low from Rooney’s cut-back from the left. And it was 3-0 when the Swede’s great hold-up play was taken on by Rooney, who returned the ball to Ibrahimovic for a left-foot strike beyond Lukasz Fabianski.
Every goal was taken with a confidence which belied United’s recent form, but from the moment Pogba found the net there never looked likely to be anything but a United win to come out of the fixture. The combination play between Rooney and Ibrahimovic was particularly impressive as the former Paris Saint-Germain front man, whose first goal was also the 25,000th in Premier League history, finally revelled in having another canny attacking presence around him.
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