Swansea City 1-3 Manchester United: Paul Pogba scorcher leads to Zlatan brace

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Bob Bradley will have considered Manchester United vulnerable coming into the Liberty Stadium, but they didn’t look it, with Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic sending the Red Devils home with all three points.

With Wayne Rooney back in the starting lineup after a pair of games on the bench, he had the best early chance in just the second minute, firing just wide of the far post after beating his man in the box.

Both teams looked to build themselves into the match, but new man Paul Pogba put a stop to that. An unbelievable half-volley from outside the box sent the ball blazing into the back of the net on 15 minutes. The ball had popped up in the air off a waving foot from Rooney, and was sent towards the top of the box due to pressure from Zlatan Ibrahimovic. It came to Pogba, who hammered it with his right foot, sending it screaming into the top corner.

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Ibrahimovic bagged United’s second past the 20-minute mark, receiving the ball at the top of the box from Matteo Darmian, and a touch to the right opened things up for the Swede to stright home low inside the left post for a 2-0 lead. The goal was a landmark one, marking the 25,000th goal in Premier League history.

United wasn’t done punishing Swans mistakes, as Zlatan bagged another. Rooney found the mercurial striker on the break, and while he was initially covered well by Angel Rangel, a spin move changed that, freeing Ibrahimovic to strike with his left foot for a 3-0 lead.

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Following the break, Swansea looked more incisive, and picked one back with 22 minutes to go. Gylfi Sigurdsson lofted in a free-kick, and van der Hoorn headed it in relatively uncontested. Following the goal, Swansea made a serious push, leaving United on the back foot. Zlatan earned himself a yellow card by toppling Leroy Fer, and the Swans continued to look dangerous.

There was a big chance for a second with seven minutes left as Jefferson Montero looped a ball over the defense to Modou Barrow, who scuffed his effort with the ball bouncing, and it was easily saved.

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The win for United is just their second over their last eight Premier League games, but it sent them level with Everton in sixth. Swansea, meanwhile, falls further back into the relegation zone after Hull City picked up three points above them.

WATCH: Zlatan stunner answers Vela’s opener in El Trafico

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is walking it like he talks it, not that that’s anything new.

A few days after claiming superiority over LAFC superstar Carlos Vela, Ibrahimovic and his Galaxy trailed early in El Trafico via a Vela penalty.

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Naturally, Zlatan took it upon himself to answer the bell with his 14th goal in 17 games.

Ibrahimovic chests a long ball onto his right foot, cooking Eduard Atuesta by pushing it into position for a tremendous lash into the LAFC goal.

And if you haven’t been following LAFC’s amazing season, Atuesta’s probably been the side’s best player after Vela, who now has 20 goals in 20 games.

Wizard stuff.

Borussia Dortmund tops Liverpool 3-2 at Notre Dame

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A half-hour of the big guns wasn’t enough to get Jurgen Klopp a result against his former team.

Harry Wilson and Rhian Brewster scored for Liverpool in a 3-2 loss to Borussia Dortmund at the University of Notre Dame on Friday.

Paco Alcacer, Thomas Delaney, and Jacob Bruun Larsen scored for the Black Yellow, who led 3-1 when mass changes began with Virgil Van Dijk, Georginio Wijnaldum, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Jordan Henderson, and Andrew Robertson entering the match.

Liverpool faces Sevilla on Sunday at Fenway Park in Boston.

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Alcacer with the ball in the box is a bad idea, and the Spaniard took advantage of Nathaniel Clyne and Joel Matip to smash home from a yard outside the six.

Wilson leveled the score before halftime, but Delaney made it 2-1 in the 53rd minute when a long diagonal ball beat the Reds line and a low pass across the box went undetected.

It was 3-1 via a clever Bruun Larsen touch to wrong foot James Milner, but Brewster brought the Reds back to within one when he converted a 75th minute penalty won by Ben Woodburn.

Liverpool was without Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, and Mohamed Salah, who are on break after deep summer tournament runs.

Eriksen offered big Spurs wages, but Atletico Madrid lurks

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Christian Eriksen may trade London for Madrid after all, but Marca claims it’ll be Real Madrid’s rivals who earn the services of Tottenham’s Danish playmaker.

Eriksen, 27, scored 10 goals with 17 assists for Spurs in all competitions last season, and was reportedly ready to spread his wings for Real Madrid.

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But pro-Real site Marca says Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want Eriksen at the Bernabeu, and that Diego Simeone feels differently… should Atletico Madrid fail at landing his prime option.

That’s James Rodriguez, who remains property of Real and that’s a problem.

So Eriksen to Atleti, helping to replace Antoine Griezmann? It’s possible.

From Marca.com:

Just last November, the London club put a 250 million euro price tag on his head, but now appear keen to move him on. The next few days will likely reveal a lot about what’s to come.

So we may get an idea of whether this report has any guts to it by next week. There could be some sense to it, but Metro claims that Spurs are offering Eriksen an “enormous” contract to keep him in North London.

Enormous means a doubling of Eriksen’s wages, and the Dane is said to be happy in England. Might Spurs hold off the finest of La Liga and Serie A after all.

Report: Everton could land Juventus’ Kean after all

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Everton could end up with one of the hottest prospects in world soccer.

Moise Kean may wind up leaving Juventus due to the club’s failure to offload fellow strikers Mario Mandzukic and Gonzalo Higuain.

And Kean, 19, was poised for a breakthrough to the first team, to the extent that Juve reportedly turned down a $33 million bid from Everton.

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The Toffees, however, may have new life due to the Higuain/Mandzukic problem, and Sky Sports Italia reports that Kean may indeed be an option for Marco Silva‘s club. He could join Michael Keane, if he’s keen.

It wouldn’t be surprising if Kean elected to leave Italy given the racial abuse he’s suffered in Serie A (Though racism is everywhere, of course).

The same report says Kean turned down a Barcelona offer because he would’ve headed on loan, while Arsenal is also said to be in the mix.

Kean scored six Serie A goals with an assist in just 13 matches for Juventus last season after scoring four times for Hellas Verona on loan.