Tour 2016: Ibrahimagic

Galatasaray-MUFC-Tour16Zlatan Ibrahimović showed his class on his debut with the Red Devils, as they faced Galatasaray for their last Tour 2016 game in Sweden last night. Having had what would have been the first Manchester Derby outside of England cancelled last Monday, the Red Devils jetted back home to resume training at Carrington, before being joined up by Zlatan back from his extended holidays. The big Swede needed only four minutes to show his magic as he acrobatically met Valencia’s cross to open the score. Galatasaray were levelled however on the 22nd minute thru their first chance, as Sinan Gümüs headed in Sneijder’s free-kick after Zlatan had committed a silly foul for the Turkish side. United lost some of their energy as the half wore on, and Galatasaray were in-front on the 40th minute, as Bruma curled in a shot into the far corner from outside of the box, despite having several United players around him, giving the Turkish side a 1-2 lead at half time.

Mourinho decided to fresh up the side as he made several substitutions at half time, which included Zlatan and Martial making way, with Rashford, Fellaini, Lingard among others joining the battle. The response was also immediate as United built up the pressure upfront, and Rashford and Valencia combined before the latter fed the ball to Rooney to finish off the move and level the game at 2-2 on the 55th minute. United took the lead again on the 59th minute, as Rashford was brought down in the box by the keeper, and Rooney stepped up to send the ball into the net. United were really on top in this second half as Galatasaray were nowhere to be seen, and Fellaini (yes he’s still here and playing for Mourinho) rose to loop a header past Muslera following Valencia’s cross yet again to make the score 4-2 in United’s favour on the 62nd minute. Mourinho decided to have some more substitutions and new entrant Mata scored a fifth goal on the 75th minute, as he combined with Carrick before the latter’s pass was slided in the net by the former to end up a magnificent display by the Red Devils in Sweden. Next game will be a testimonial match for Rooney at Old Trafford on 3rd of August, followed by the customary Community Shield match next Sunday against the defending champions, Leicester City.