Seven things we learned from Manchester United's 2-0 win over Southampton

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All eyes were on Paul Pogba as the world’s most expensive footballer made his second Manchester United debut against Southampton this evening.

However, it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who stole the headlines - and the Man of the Match award - by scoring both goals in a 2-0 win.

Zlatan opened the scoring with a fantastic header 10 minutes before half-time and then completed his brace with a second-half penalty.


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It was an excellent team display by the Red Devils and one that Jose Mourinho will no doubt be extremely encouraged by.

Scroll down to see the 6 things we learned from the match - and don’t forget to leave a comment with your thoughts at the bottom of the page.

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Man Utd finally look like Man Utd again

Manchester United, for the first time certainly since Louis van Gaal’s tenure, played with real freedom and adventure at Old Trafford this evening - and what a refreshing sight for the club’s supporters.

The Red Devils were outstanding from start to finish, with every member of the team looking full of confidence.

Opposition fans are already getting worried about United - and so they should be.

Pogba will make a huge difference to United

Considering this was his first game in England for four years, Pogba was outstanding this evening.

Okay, so his first touch wasn’t great, but it was all uphill from that moment onwards.

The France international delighted the Old Trafford faithful with a number of classy touches and very nearly capped his second United debut with a goal.

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It’s no coincidence that the Red Devils produced arguably their best performance since the Sir Alex Ferguson era tonight - no, really - with the world-class Pogba in midfield.

Zlatan is already a hero at Old Trafford

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is enjoying a fairytale start to his Manchester United career.

The Swedish striker scored an overhead kick on his first appearance for the Red Devils against Galatasaray in pre-season; he netted the winning goal in the Community Shield against Leicester City; he scored a long-range effort on his Premier League debut against Bournemouth, and this evening he netted a brace against the Saints.


Old Trafford erupted when Ibrahimovic rose high above the Southampton defence to head past Fraser Forster. The 34-year-old then converted a second-half penalty - with aplomb.

United have a new hero - and his name is Zlatan.

Bailly continues to impress

Eric Bailly didn’t win the Man of the Match award this evening - as he did against Leicester and Bournemouth - but this was still a very encouraging performance from the Ivory Coast international.

Jose Mourinho warned fans that the 22-year-old might not be ready for Premier League football, but the former Villarreal defender - who is so strong and so fast - looks ready-made for English football’s top flight.

Even Fellaini looks decent

Marouane Fellaini misplaced just one of his 76 passes against Bournemouth last weekend, prompting Mourinho to tell reporters: “If he plays like he’s playing now, [Man Utd fans] have to love him because he’s being so important for us."

The much-maligned Belgium international was expected to drop out of the line-up with Pogba available to start, but Mourinho stuck with him for tonight’s match.

And once again, Fellaini impressed. In fact, he barely put a foot wrong.

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While it’s still early to say with any great certainty, the 28-year-old could change fans’ opinion of him this season.

Shaw is quickly getting back to his best

It was impossible to tell that Luke Shaw spent almost the whole of last season out on the sidelines following a horrific leg break on the basis of tonight’s performance.

The English full-back was superb against his former employers this evening and hasn’t lost any of his blistering pace.

Always keen to burst forward and help out in attack, it was Shaw who won the penalty from which Zlatan converted in the 52nd minute.

Southampton must improve under Claude Puel

It’s still very early in the season, and this Manchester United team could well go on to become Premier League champions, but this was a concerning performance for Southampton’s new boss Claude Puel.

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That the Saints also failed to win their opening match against Watford at home puts even more pressure on the Frenchman to secure all three points against Sunderland next weekend.

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