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Published: 17:01 | 7/8/16

Zlatan nets winner as Man Utd beat Leicester

FA Cup holders win Community Shield

Zlatan Ibrahimovic headed an 83rd-minute winner, as Manchester United beat Leicester City 2-1 in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.

The Swede soared above Foxes' skipper Wes Morgan to head home Antonio Valencia's inch-perfect cross from the right past Leicester goalkeeper Kaspar Schmeichel.

The victory is United's 17th Community/Charity Shield win, and the third year in succession that the FA Cup holders have beaten the Premier League champions in English football's curtain raiser, following Arsenal's wins over Manchester City and Chelsea in 2014 and 2015.

Jesse Lingard took advantage of some slack Leicester defending to give Jose Mourinho's side the lead on 33 minutes, but later limped out the game with a foot injury.

However, the Warrington-born forward, who became Manchester United player to score in the FA Cup final and subsequent Community Shield since Eric Cantona in 1996, did return to the bench after treatment in the Wembley dressing room.

Boosted by the introduction of new signings Ahmed Musa and Demarai Gray at half-time, the Premier League champions looked more dangerous in the second half, and deservedly levelled on 52 minutes when Jamie Vardy took advantage of an underhit Marouane Fellaini backpass.

But Ibra settled matters with his late header, although the United striker may well have been in an offside position when Valencia crossed the ball.

Lingard, who told BT Sport that he should be fit for United's Premier League opener at Bournemouth next Sunday, praised new United boss Jose Mourinho for allowing the front four to "play free".

"He has given the front four a lot more licence to change positions. He lets you play free," Lingard said.

Ibrahimovic hopes to add to his trophy haul at "the biggest club I have played at", following his free transfer move to Old Trafford in July after four seasons at Paris Saint-Germain.

"It feels good - the first official game, we play for a trophy and we win," he told BT Sport.

"This is my 31st trophy [including the two revoked titles at Juventus]. I'm super happy. Hopefully I can win much more than this.

"It was a difficult game. We played against a good team. They were very strong. Something big is going on with our team. We begin with a trophy.

"I feel very good. The team is fantastic. Good team-mates, good spirit. The coach does everything to win. It is probably the biggest club I played in. The only one I can compare it to is Milan."

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