United Bounce Back, Beat Swansea 3-1

 M. van der Hoorn (69′)                                           1

 P. Pogba (15), Z. Ibrahimovic (21′, 33′)                   3

Premier League | Sunday 6th November, 2016 . 3:00pm | Liberty Stadium | Attendance: 20,938 | Scorers: Pogba 15, Ibrahimovic 21, 33 | Van der Hoorn 69

Zlatan Ibrahimovic ends goal drought

Did Manchester United bounce back? It appears so and United showed an improved form and style with a clinical 3-1 victory in the Premier League over Swansea City on Sunday afternoon.

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A brilliant right-legged volley from the expensive 23-year old Frenchman, Paul Pogba, (photo: above) set the tone for the United win early on. It took just 13 minutes for United to strike as Pogba gave everyone a timely reminder of why he’s been named on the 30-man shortlist for the Ballon d’Or.

The Englishman, Captain Wayne Rooney, found the Swede, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with a crisp pass, and from 25 yards out he dropped his shoulder before pinging a low effort beyond the grasp of Swansea’s goalie, Lukasz Fabianski.

It was the 25,000th goal scored in the Premier League. Ibrahimovic struck again to put United firmly in control going into half time. Mike van der Hoorn’s header with 20 minutes remaining was no more than a consolation for the Swans, who did little to trouble United’s Spanish goalie, David De Gea, all afternoon.

Ahead of the game, Jose Mourinho watched from the stands at the Liberty Stadium and after 21 minutes, Captain Wayne Rooney found Zlatan Ibrahimovic on the edge of the box and passed the ball to the Swede who shifted to the right beating a defender and fired a low shot beyond Lukasz Fabianski.

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Photo: Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scores United’s second goal.

Ibrahimovic had another target in his sights, and found the net again just over 10 minutes later. This time, after more good link-up play with Rooney in the Swans’ half, the striker bundled his way into the area and finished powerfully to claim his 400th United club career goal.

HALF-TIME STATS

Possession: Swansea 34% United 66%
Shots: Swansea 1 United 8
Shots on target: Swansea 0 United 3
Corners: Swansea 0 United 0
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It was interesting that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba scored as Manchester United ended their goal drought with a 3-1 victory over Swansea City.

MOURINHO DELIGHT AT COMBINATION PLAY

“I thought Michael [Carrick] was the stability, Marouane [Fellaini] was the balance, [Paul] Pogba was the freedom, and all of them together meant the performance was very positive for us.”

JOSE MOURINHO: ZLATAN IS A TEAM PLAYER

“It’s one thing having a striker who scores goals and does nothing else. It’s another thing to have a striker that doesn’t score goals, but does everything else and during this period where he was not scoring goals he did everything else for the team. I’m happy that he is back to scoring goals.”

MOURINHO PRAISES UNITED’S CONTROL

“I’m really pleased. I think for all of us from the United side, it was a calm day from the first minute. We all felt that we were in the game and that we were stable and in control and the players were really good in their focus, their effort and their concentration in following the game-plan.”

MORE FROM ZLATAN

On whether he knew he had netted he 25,000th goal in Premier League, Zlatan joked: “Ah, no I wasn’t aware. I thought it was only me who had scored 25,000…” Classic Zlatan!

ZLATAN REACTION

Ibrahimovic spoke to BBC Sport after the victory and was asked whether he was worried about his recent lack of goals: “No, as long as you create the chances which I have been doing the goals will come. But the most important thing is the win. The goals will come.”

MOURINHO REACTION

Look out for reaction from Jose Mourinho and the players on ManUtd.com over the coming hour or so. The result moves us up to 6th in the table, onto 18 points. Liverpool are top on 26.

Other positives for United today was the return of Phil Jones and solid displays from the Reds’ experienced duo of Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick, and also Matteo Darmian at left-back. The one downside was a fifth booking of the season Ibrahimovic, who will now miss the visit of Arsenal on 19 November.

With boss Jose Mourinho serving a one-match touchline ban (photo above: 2nd right), United broke a three-game Premier League run without scoring as Ibrahimovic netted twice to end his own goalless streak and Pogba fired home a stunner all before half-time.

FULL-TIME STATS

Possession: Swansea 37% United 63%
Shots: Swansea 6 United 9
Shots on target: Swansea 1 United 3
Corners: Swansea 2 United 0

Teams

Swansea: Fabianski, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Kingsley, Routledge (Barrow 45), Ki, Britton (Fer 70), Sigurdsson, Borja, Llorente (Montero 45).

Subs not used: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Cork.

United: De Gea, Young, Jones, Rojo, Darmian, Carrick, Fellaini, Mata (Lingard 81), Pogba (Fosu-Mensah 90+3), Rooney (Schneiderlin 89), Ibrahimovic

Subs not used: Romero, Blind, Martial, Rashford.

Booked: Ibrahimovic, Mata.

This victory against Swansea moves United up to sixth position on the Premier League table. However, the Red Devils remain eight points off Liverpool at the top of the table. Boss Jose Mourinho’s side had a very experienced look to it as midfielder Michael Carrick and defender Phil Jones were handed their first Premier League starts of the season at the Liberty Stadium. Captain Wayne Rooney was also included.

Man of the match: Zlatan Ibrahimovic?

ZLATAN REACTION

Ibrahimovic spoke to BBC Sport after the victory and was asked whether he was worried about his recent lack of goals: “No, as long as you create the chances which I have been doing the goals will come. But the most important thing is the win. The goals will come.”

 POGBA WINS MOTM AWARD

Congratulations to Paul Pogba who has scooped the Man of the Match award with 46 per cent of the votes – according to ManUtd.com.

Up Man U!

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