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Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels 'alive' after a dream start

By Nick Purewal

New Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic feels "alive" in the Premier League after announcing his arrival in the English top-flight with a fine goal against Bournemouth.

Ibrahimovic's 25-yard drive helped seal a 3-1 victory for United at the Vitality Stadium and means the striker has now scored on his debut in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga, Ligue 1 and the Champions League.

Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney's goals had earlier put the visitors in command as manager Jose Mourinho, and Ibrahimovic, enjoyed winning starts.

"It was good, very good. I feel alive," Ibrahimovic said. "I always try to create some chances, whoever scored was not important; only getting the win to start the Premier League well."

Ibrahimovic, who also scored United's winner in the Community Shield against Leicester, did not always look comfortable but the 34-year-old former Sweden striker is renowned for producing individual moments of magic.

"I found it was a good game, not easy, the first-half was hard," Ibrahimovic said. "The second became easier. We found our game much more and scored a second and a third. The game then was not easier, but much more open."

Mata will also have been pleased to make an impression after the embarrassment of coming on and off as a substitute in the Shield. His United career only began because Mourinho viewed him as surplus to requirements at Chelsea but the midfielder insists he is happy under the Portuguese.

"The season has started in a really good way," Mata wrote on his blog. "Our victory was well deserved and I was lucky to score the first goal, which is always an extra reason to be happy."

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