By Kiran Thakare
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Manchester United continue to impress as they grabbed a very efficient 2-0 win over Southampton at Old Trafford on Friday.
A brace from Zlatan Ibrahimović was enough for the home side to defeat the Saints. United sit on the top of the table after winning the first two games of the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho retained the same side which faced Bournemouth last week except for Paul Pogba coming in for Ander Herrera and make his debut.
The back five once again consisted of De Gea, Shaw, Blind, Bailly and Valencia.
Marouane Fellaini partnered Pogba in the centre of the park. In front of Pogba and Fellaini were the attacking four of Martial, Rooney, Mata and Ibrahimović.
Chris Smalling was named as a substitute after missing out first game due to suspension and replaced Rooney in the dying moments.
Zlatan gives United half-time lead
The home side started slowly but kept on evolving as the game went on. United created decent half chances as Fellaini and Pogba dominated the midfield.
There was some swift movement in the front four and good interchanges between them.
United got the breakthrough in the 36th minute when a delightful cross from Rooney was headed home powerfully by Ibrahimović. United kept on knocking the door in the search of second goal before the half time.
Southampton were on front foot at the start of second half as they dominated the possesion and created chances.
They had a goal from Dusan Tadic ruled out for the offside.
United responded well as Shaw won the penalty at 54th minute when Jordy Clasie clipped him when he was surging forward. Ibrahimović converted the penalty to double United’s lead.
Pogba was influential in the midfield as he was surging forward and got better with time.
He played some delightful passes to create chances for his teammates. Martial got two best opportunites later in the second half only for the French forward to miss the target.
United showed a better organisation while defending and released themselves quickly on counter. The home side were less superior than the away side in terms of possession, but far more efficient in front of goal.
Mourinho gave Mkhitariyan and Smalling crucial minutes on the pitch in the later part of the game in order to build them up for the coming season.
The English defender was out during pre-season due to a minor injury and was suspended for the first game against Bournemouth due to the red card in the FA cup final.
Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Bailly, Blind, Shaw, Fellaini, Pogba, Mata (Mkhitaryan 75), Rooney (Smalling 89), Martial (Ander Herrera 82), Ibrahimović
Substitutes Not Used: Romero, Schneiderlin, Young, Rashford
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