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Shield glory an ideal starting point, says Luke Shaw

By Mark Mann-Bryans

Luke Shaw collected his first ever winner's medal on Sunday and reckons Manchester United's Community Shield win over Leicester can help them hit the ground running this season.

A late header from debutant Zlatan Ibrahimovic sealed a 2-1 victory for Jose Mourinho's side at Wembley, who look set to be strengthened by the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

Jesse Lingard gave United the lead, following on from his FA Cup-winning goal against Crystal Palace, with a solo effort. Reigning Premier League champions Leicester equalised through Jamie Vardy but Ibrahimovic marked his first appearance with the winner.

Shaw, who suffered a double leg break against PSV Eindhoven in September, played 69 minutes at Wembley before being replaced by Marcos Rojo. The England left-back believes lifting the Shield can only be a good thing ahead of the new season and was full of praise for fellow defender Eric Bailly, who was also making his debut.

"I'm really happy because it's my first trophy. I'm really happy for the team, this can kick-start our season," said the 21-year-old.

"I'd have said he (Bailly) was man of the match. He's really good, composed on the ball, doesn't tend to rush and he was strong at the back. Nothing got past him and I'm looking forward to seeing the player he'll become."

Mourinho collected some early silverware but did have to contend with an unhappy Juan Mata.

The Spaniard, introduced for injured goalscorer Lingard just after the hour mark, was hauled off in stoppage time and appeared to exchange words with his former Chelsea boss on the touchline.

Mourinho explained he withdraw the diminutive Mata because Leicester were playing long balls. Although disgruntled by the decision, Mata, who scored United's equaliser in May's FA Cup final, posted a tweet which suggested he was feeling better.

"This one, as with every trophy, is for you! Thanks once again for your amazing support! #CommunityShield," he wrote.

Foxes ace Vardy, meanwhile, thinks the game will hold Leicester in good stead. He said: "They didn't have too many chances, but they were clinical. The result is disappointing, but we need to be proud of the performance."

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