Zlatan Ibrahimovic boldly stated on his arrival at Old Trafford in the summer that he wants to be ‘god of Manchester’ and in less than six months, the 35-year-old is close to earning that tag.
The big Swede was at his best again this evening for the Red Devils as he netted a brace to help them to a comfortable 2-0 win against the West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, just three days after scoring the winner in the 2-1 away victory over Crystal Palace in the premier league
Now, Manchester United have gone ten games unbeaten in all competitions and Zlatan has scored ten times in his last nine matches for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Manchester United continued with Wayne Rooney and Zlatan Ibrahimovic upfront while midweek hat-trick hero Solomon Rondon led the attack for the Baggies.
However, it was the away side that took an early lead as Jesse Lingard ran onto a long pass from Antonio Valencia before crossing perfectly unto the head of Ibrahimovic and he coolly finished with a neat header.
That goal woke the home side as they immediately looked for the equalizer – Chris Brunt crossed into the path of Rondon but he failed to direct his header past David de Gea in goal for Manchester United.
The Venezuela striker felt he should’ve had a penalty after he tangled with Marcus Rojo at the edge of the area but the referee waved his appeal away. At the other end, Wayne Rooney nearly doubled the lead for the visitors.
The Manchester United Captain received a clean pass from Lingard and hammered it towards goal only for Ben Foster to push it onto the upright as West Brom escaped.
Lingard also had a chance to score with a minute left for half-time, he latched onto a misplaced shot by Darmien but he somehow manages to miss target from eight yards when it was easier to score.
Manchester United dominated possession and it paid off as Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed his second goal for the night.
The big Swede received a reverse pass from Rooney and somehow wriggled past two defenders before releasing a right foot shot with deflected off a defender and went past Foster for the second goal.
The host tried to comeback but Manchester United locked shop to record a clean sheet and three points in the bag – and Zlatan’s first goal against West Brom was the 100th the Red Devils had scored against the Baggies at the Hawthorns.