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Ibrahimovic nets the winner as Lingard and Bailly also impress for Man United

This was a narrowly-deserved win for Manchester United, whose persistence and power finally ground down a typically obdurate Leicester in a stop-start encounter. Two fine goals for Jose Mourinho's team, the second a winner from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, sealed a satisfactory afternoon at Wembley against the Premier League champions.

Positives

Ibrahimovic's winning goal, which was an excellent way to announce his arrival in England, as well as Jesse Lingard's spectacular strike, the enterprise of United's full-backs and signs of real pace and resilience from Eric Bailly.

Negatives

Wayne Rooney's performance was notably ponderous, with the exception of a key defensive intervention, and Marouane Fellaini ruined a good start with a terrible backpass which allowed Jamie Vardy to score.

Manager rating: 7/10 -- Mourinho's line-up was surprising, particularly in midfield, but he was vindicated by the work rate of his decisive players and by the result.

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Player ratings: (1-10; 10=best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK David De Gea, 6 -- Had little to do and was blameless for Vardy's goal. Claimed the ball well under pressure when called upon.

DF Antonio Valencia, 7 -- A performance of typical industry and no little ambition, with signs that he is a little more confident at running at players. Provided a fine cross for the winning goal.

DF Eric Bailly, 7 -- Vardy gave him a very difficult time, nutmegging him and skipping over one challenge in the first half alone. But Bailly gave as good as he got over the course of the game, stopping the England forward with a very good turn of pace and equally impressive anticipation. Picked up a yellow card and still looked raw, is clearly a fine defender.

DF Daley Blind, 6 -- Stepped out of defence well to start with and covered for Bailly when the Ivorian was finding his feet in the first half. Blind was a little quieter in the second period.

DF Luke Shaw, 7 -- Strong decision-making throughout, whether floating clever passes down the line or overlapping with Anthony Martial. Looks set to be vital for United this season.

Wayne Rooney had a disappointing game for Manchester United.

MF Michael Carrick, 5 -- Made a couple of key interceptions but there were also sustained periods when the game seemed to pass him by, which was to be expected against Leicester's more energetic midfield.

MF Marouane Fellaini, 5 -- Began the game reasonably well, getting forward to good effect, but undid that good work with a disastrous backpass that played in Vardy for Leicester's equaliser. Otherwise moved the ball on more sharply than usual, but United's midfield lacked vital pace with him there.

MF Jesse Lingard, 8 -- Followed up his magnificent winner in the FA Cup final with another superb strike, stepping through no fewer than three challenges with speed and balance. Toiled tirelessy at either end as he always does until he was removed due to injury.

MF Wayne Rooney, 4 -- He looked lacking in sharpness and often failed alarmingly either to control or execute the simplest of passes, as attacks frequently halted at his feet. This is only a preseason game, but the trend of these performances is a worrying one for him.

MF Anthony Martial, 6 -- Failed to threaten too often, perhaps playing too wide on the left wing, though looked markedly better when he managed to come infield.

FW Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 7 -- Actually had a lacklustre start, failing to press high up the pitch and being slow to defend at a corner when Leicester struck the bar, but then the quality of his link-up play improved. He scored the winning goal with a physical header, climbing over Wes Morgan, who is possibly the strongest centre-back in the Premier League.

Substitutes:

MF Ander Herrera, 6 -- Deployed in a deeper-lying role than usual, he brought composure and intensity to an area where it had been lacking.

MF Marcos Rojo, 6 -- Was pleasingly solid, much more so than at the end of last season.

MF Juan Mata, 6 -- Typically tidy and precise in possession, though did not make a grand impact. Withdrawn in injury time.

MF Marcus Rashford, 7 -- Showed notably quick thought and feet and ran the channels aggressively from the moment he was introduced.

MF Morgan Schneiderlin, NR -- Brought on for Rooney to run down the clock and repel Leicester's late pressure.

MF Henrikh Mkhitaryan, NR -- Surprisingly confined to the bench, he came on for Mata at the very end with barely any time to take a touch.

Musa Okwonga is one of ESPN FC's Manchester United bloggers. Follow on Twitter: @Okwonga.

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