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Journalist's tweet about Zlatan Ibrahimovic after bicycle kick vs Newcastle goes viral

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic will need time to regain match fitness and sharpness, but in his 13 minutes against Newcastle United on Saturday, he gave a taste of what to expect.

As soon as the 36-year-old came on to replace Anthony Martial he told Romelu Lukaku to move out wide and slotted straight into the striker's role.

But he spent most of his time in the No.10, picking up possession in small pockets of space and finding his teammates with clever passes.

It's behind the striker where Jose Mourinho could use Ibrahimovic, who recently hinted at wanting to play in the position his new shirt number is famous for.

"To me, No.10 is the star," Zlatan said last week, "the one who makes the difference, gets noticed, wins the matches and is the leader.

"And I see myself in that position but it is not something that is given to you; it is just something you are. That's just the way it is.

"I feel like a No.10 and I stand for No.10. It will go down in history that I always had No.10."

Ibrahimovic's strength, vision and composure are all suited to playing as an attacking midfielder, not to mention his eye for extraordinary goals.

Whether it's shooting from range or trying outrageous acrobatics, the Swede isn't afraid to take risks - and he usually pulls them off.

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Against Newcastle just after coming on, for example, Ibrahimovic was teed up by Nemanja Matic at the back post and produced a bicycle kick that was heading for the bottom corner.

This is a man who's spent the past seven months out injured with ruptured knee ligaments, yet he was throwing himself around like he's 20 again. You can watch his attempt HERE.

There was plenty of reaction on Twitter to Ibrahimovic's bicycle kick, but one tweet in particular has gone viral because it perfectly sums up the legendary striker. Check it out.

It read: "You're 36-years-old, you've just had a serious knee injury, you've made it back in record time and your first attempt on goal is you lying sideways in the air performing a martial arts styled kick. The guy might actually be right when he says he's not human. Dare to Zlatan."

Nicely put, Jonas. Most players would be careful after such a serious injury, but Ibrahimovic isn't 'most players' - he's the God of Manchester.

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