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Man United debuts for Bailly and Mkhitaryan as the Mourinho era gets off to a winning start

The new manager took charge of his first game this afternoon at the DW Stadium.

Updated at 15.33

SUMMER SIGNINGS ERIC Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan made their Manchester United debuts this afternoon as the Jose Mourinho era began with a 2-0 win at Wigan.

Wigan Athletic v Manchester United - Pre-Season Friendly - DW Stadium Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Michael Carrick captained United at the DW Stadium with defender Luke Shaw making his long-awaited return from injury.

The 21-year-old has been sidelined since sustaining a horrific leg break last September and makes his first appearance in 306 days today.

All in all, Mourinho selected a strong XI for United’s opening game of pre-season with Memphis Depay, Ander Herrera and Daley Blind involved from the start.

James Wilson — who spent last season on loan at Brighton after being frozen out by Louis van Gaal — got the chance to impress his new manager.

Yet with the game scoreless at half-time, Mourinho made seven changes, with Mkhitaryan among those replaced.

Man United subsequently took the lead on 49 minutes. Juan Mata capitalised after Jussi Jääskeläinen’s dreadful attempt at a clearance, setting up teammate Will Keane for a simple tap-in.

United then completed a 2-0 victory on 59 minutes. Andreas Pereira blasted home an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box, after an initial attempt by Ander Herrera was blocked.

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