Jose Mourinho has hailed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Manchester United debut after the Sweden football icon scored to helped the Red Devils end their pre-season with an emphatic 5-2 win against Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The 34-year-old who was playing in front of fans in his home town opened the scoring inside the Ullevi Stadium, Gothenburg when he connected a cross by Antonio Valencia.
However, Galatasaray went into the break with a 2-1 lead courtesy goals from Sinan Gumus and Bruma.
Possession: United 37% Galatasaray 65%.
Shots in total: United 3 Galatasaray 7.
Shots on target: United 1 Galatasaray 4.
Corners: United 4 Galatasaray 2.
The second half was a different ball game as Manchester United romped in four strikes with a brace from Captain Wayne Rooney, and a goal each from Marouane Fellaini and Juan Mata.
Possession: United 46% Galatasaray 54%.
Shots in total: United 9 Galatasaray 8.
Shots on target: United 6 Galatasaray 5.
Corners: United 6 Galatasaray 3.
Mourinho said after the match: “I think everyone gave everything to improve. And even with the guys who came on at 4-2, I told them to forget the result, don’t play like we are winning 4-2. ‘You need this 30 minutes to play high tempo, high intensity, forget the 4-2.’ That’s what they all tried to do. Of course Marcus did well. Of course Ibra did show glimpses of the things he can bring us. But when I see guys like Fellaini, Martial, Schneiderlin, they trained two days and they can be here. I told them, ‘Don’t try to go with the intensity of the game, go with an intensity that makes you comfortable.’
“I prefer this way, I prefer that they are on the pitch so I am happy. I am happy with the opposition, they played already six or seven matches so they were in a higher tempo than us. I am happy with it all. And I am happy that out of such a big group we have just Timothy [Fosu-Mensah] and Chris Smalling with little injuries and apart from them, no injuries and everything looks like it’s going well.”
Manchester United: De Gea (Romero 67); Valencia (Memphis 67), Bailly (Rojo 67), Blind (Jones 67), Shaw (Darmian 67); Schneiderlin (Carrick 46), Herrera (Fellaini 46); Mkhitaryan (Lingard 46), Rooney (Mata 67), Martial (Young 46); Ibrahimovic (Rashford 46). Sub not used: Johnstone.
Galatasaray: Muslera, Linnes, Chedjou, Hakan (Aziz 46), Carole, Selcuk (Altintop 46), Dzemaili, Yasin (Ismail 85), Sneijder (Emrah 76), Bruma, Sinan (Sabri 85). Subs not used: Cenk, Eray, Salih, Gokay, Birhan, Donk.