Manchester United fans woke up happy this morning after Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirmed he is joining the Red Devils.
The Swede wrote on Instagram on Thursday: “Time to let the world know. My next destination is @manchesterunited #iamcoming,” in a post that has received one million likes.
And one person who tips great things for Ibrahimovic in the Premier League is one of his former teammates, Patrick Vieira.
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The pair played together at Juventus and Inter Milan and regularly keep in touch. In fact, Vieira spoke with Ibrahimovic on the day the 34-year-old made his big announcement.
The former Arsenal midfielder endorsed Ibrahimovic’s move to Old Trafford, claiming that his character will “drive the team”, and feels that Manchester is now the “capital of football”.
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Vieira also revealed Ibrahimovic’s thoughts towards the move.
"He is a good friend of mine and we spent time together at Juventus and at Inter," Vieira said, per FourFourTwo.
"We are still in touch once in a while and we have massive respect for each other.
"What I really like about him is his character - he is a winner, a guy who can drive the team because of his character and that is a very good signing for Manchester United.
"I spoke to him this morning - he said that he decided to go to United and he believes that is a very good decision for him. Of course I will wish him good luck and I will be following him.”
Manchester is king
Manchester has seen the arrivals of two of the finest managers in Europe - Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola - this summer, while Ibrahimovic and Ilkay Gundogan will both be playing in England next season.
If Mourinho gets his way, he’ll add Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba to a potentially exciting squad, while Guardiola is believed to want Schalke’s Leroy Sane.
Having seen Chelsea end Manchester’s four-year hold on the Premier League trophy in 2015, Vieira feels that Manchester is back to being the strongest region in the country.
The three-time Premier League winner added: “Look at the two managers in Manchester; look at Ibrahimovic; [Sergio] Aguero on one side, [David] Silva, [Wayne] Rooney. I think Manchester is the capital of football."
It’s certainly hard to disagree with Vieira’s outlook. Granit Xhaka is a fine signing but Arsenal fans are still waiting for that true big name arrival, while Antonio Conte has to re-establish a Chelsea team that finished 10th last season.
And with Ibrahimovic in town, Manchester might just possess the most clinical striker in the league.
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