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Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Wayne Rooney is the 'perfect' striker partner

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a one man quotes machine. Throughout his illustrious career, the outspoken striker has had his say on just about every player, coach and team in world football.

As you can imagine, that leaves him open to a few awkward situations when he moves clubs to join new teammates he may have called out over the years.

Fortunately, that isn't the case when it comes to one of Ibrahimovic's new teammates at Manchester United. In fact, so positive were his previous comments about Wayne Rooney, that the 34-year-old has reminded everyone just how he described the England captain "many years ago".


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"I think every big player can work with other big players," the Swedish veteran told MUTV, via the Mirror.

"That’s not a problem. We are 11 players not two players on the pitch. It’s up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success.

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"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I’m absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

Although Rooney has drawn criticism from some Man United fans in recent seasons, he has shown in his 12 years at the club that he can make the players around him better.

As well as scoring almost 250 goals for the Red Devils since arriving from Everton in 2004, Rooney has helped everyone from Robin Van Persie, Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo to boost their scoring stats.


His tireless work ethic and eye for a pass has often been lauded by his teammates, and it has produced results over the years at Old Trafford.


While Ibrahimovic won't be doubting himself when it comes to scoring goals in the Premier League, the Swede is clearly looking forward to linking up with the United star this season.

"It’s not easy to be in top clubs for so many years. Players come and go. Top players are coming and going but he is still staying.

"He has performed at the top every year. I think he is a perfect example for young players to look at and take after. He’s been playing such a long time for a top club and giving results year after year.

"Not everybody can succeed with that but he is one of them. I’m very happy I’m in his team and will do my best to help him win."


The question now is, will Jose Mourinho choose to pair the two elder statesmen in the starting lineup when the new campaign begins?

With Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial waiting in the wings, all of a sudden United's attacking options are looking pretty close to perfect.

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