Seven things we learned from Manchester United’s win over Leicester City

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Manchester United secured a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Community Shield thanks to a late winner from, who else, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker, who joined United after leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer this summer, headed home an Antonio Valencia cross in the 83rd minute to send the Red Devils’ faithful into raptures.

Jesse Lingard gave Jose Mourinho’s side the lead with an excellent solo goal on the 32nd minute, but Jamie Vardy levelled the scores for the Premier League champions shortly after half-time following an awful back-pass by Marouane Fellaini.


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Ibrahimovic then popped up with the winning goal in the closing stages of the match, as Mourinho secured his first piece of silverware as the United manager.

Scroll down this page for a list of things we learned from today’s encounter. (GiveMeSport were reporting live from Wembley Stadium).

Bailly looks a shrewd buy

Jose Mourinho warned United fans that Eric Bailly might not be ready for the Premier League, but the Ivory Coast international may have even surprised his manager with the imperious way he defended this afternoon.

The 22-year-old, signed from Villarreal, was purchased because of his pace and strength - and these attributes allowed the 22-year-old to keep Jamie Vardy quiet during today’s 2016-17 season curtain-raiser.

Bailly wasn’t the most glamorous of United’s summer signings, but he could prove to be one of the most valuable as the season progresses.

Expect Jose Mourinho to drop Rooney

With Paul Pogba now officially on his way to Old Trafford, Wayne Rooney has a problem.

Jose Mourinho revealed in his first press conference that the 30-year-old would only play as a centre forward or a No. 10 - he doesn’t believe the Englishman possesses the attributes required to play as a central midfielder - so where does the Red Devils’ skipper play when Pogba arrives?

Mourinho is likely to deploy a 4-3-3 when Pogba signs and this means Rooney can only compete for one position: upfront, where Zlatan has been signed to score goals.

Moreover, Zlatan and Rooney were taking up similar positions on the pitch today; there were no obvious signs of chemistry between the two players.

Of course, it’s still early days in that respect, but the fact remains Rooney may lose his place in the starting line-up when both Zlatan and Pogba are in the squad.

Man United need Pogba

United have lacked a world-class presence in midfield since Roy Keane and Pogba promises to be a game-changing signing for the Red Devils.

The Frenchman will bring much-needed pace, energy and directness to United’s midfield which, today, was marshalled by the perennially underwhelming Marouane Fellaini.

Pogba might not be worth a world-record fee, and he might not be the finished product, but he’s a huge upgrade on what United currently have.

Lingard has a role to play for United

Jesse Lingard may have feared the worst after Louis van Gaal was replaced by Jose Mourinho this summer, but the 23-year-old staked his claim for a place in the starting line-up with a terrific solo goal.

However, the Englishman’s goal wasn’t the result of him drifting in from the right flank; he beat several Leicester players after bursting through the middle of the pitch.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan is likely to start the majority of United’s Premier League matches on the right this season, but Lingard - handed the No. 14 shirt this summer - will be a very handy player for Mourinho to bring off the subs’ bench.

Leicester miss Kante - but they will get by

It’s not beyond the realms of possibility that today’s result would have been different had they held onto N’Golo Kante.

The indefatigable midfielder has now moved on to Chelsea and his replacement, Nampalys Mendy, came on for a 30-minute cameo in the second half.

If the 24-year-old Frenchman is half as successful as Kante in his first season at the King Power Stadium he would have done a stellar job, but replacing his compatriot won’t be easy.

Leicester will get by without Kante, but there’s no doubt it’ll take some time adjusting to life without him.

Holding on to Vardy and Mahrez is huge

Leicester may have lost Kante, but it seems they’ve managed to retain the services of both Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

Vardy looks set to continue from where he left off this season - he made the most of Fellaini’s back-pass - while Mahrez showed glimpses of why the likes of Arsenal and potentially even Barcelona would love to sign the Algeria international.

Expect both players to have big seasons again this term.

Musa will terrify defenders this season

Ahmed Musa, Leicester’s club record signing, caught the eye last week when he scored twice against Barcelona.

The Nigeria international entered the fray as a second-half substitute today and, for the first 15 minutes, looked absolutely electric.

Eric Bailly matched him for pace, but very few Premier League centre-backs will be able to say the same this season.

Musa, who scored 54 goals in 164 appearances for CSKA Moscow, looks a real star in the making.

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