Manchester United won their 21st Community Shield after defeating defending Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 inside Wembley Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Jesse Lingard and summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic, either side of the interval, cancelled out Jamie Vardy’s equaliser for the Foxes early in the second-half, gifting new Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho an instant taste of silverware success in his first competitive game in charge of his new club.
In just the second-ever encounter between the two sides at the national stadium, in which United ran out 3-1 winners back in the 1963 FA Cup final, Mourinho’s men snatched victory with just seven minutes remaining as Swedish star Ibrahimovic expertly headed home Antonio Valencia’s cross.
New teammate Lingard, who netted in the 2016 FA Cup final triumph back in May, opened the scoring at Wembley inside 32 minutes after skipping past a few Foxes defenders before coolly finishing beyond shot stopper Kasper Schmeichel.
However England international Vardy brought Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester level just seven minutes after the interval, latching onto a horrid back pass from United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, before rounding goalkeeper David De Gea and slotting the ball into an empty net.
But Ibrahimovic’s first competitive strike for his new club proved decisive in United’s 30th appearance in the Community Shield, sealing the club’s sixth title in their last seven appearances (2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2016).
As for new boss Mourinho, it is only his second Community Shield having lost three of his four games in charge of Premier League rivals Chelsea.
United’s Wembley celebrations came hours after revealing former midfielder Paul Pogba is set to undergo a medical in the next few days ahead of his world record £100m move back to Old Trafford from Serie A champions Juventus this summer.
United visit AFC Bournemouth in their opening 2016/17 Premier League tie on August 14, meanwhile Leicester will begin their defence away at newly promoted Hull City on August 13.