Some people may have thought Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s move to United was just one final payday for the Swede and nothing more.
The enigmatic forward turns 35 in October and there were a few doubts whether he can contribute to Jose Mourinho’s side this season. But those concerns have been immediately quashed after an incredible start to life on Manchester for Zlatan.
A bicycle kick on his debut, the winner in the Community Shield and a 25-yard strike against Bournemouth on his Premier League debut, suggests that Ibrahimovic could have a very big season ahead of him.
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And there is one man who has some very high hopes for the Swede in this campaign - his boss Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho and Ibrahimovic worked together at Inter Milan during the 2008/09 season, winning Serie A in the process and the Special One is hoping that the “phenomenal” striker can help them do the same again this season.
Mourinho on Zlatan
"It's incredible how Zlatan Ibrahimovic has never won the Golden Ball," he said, per the Mirror.
"He wants to win the Premier League, not the Golden Ball.
"This guy is more than a player. For the next two seasons, I think he can be phenomenal for the team and the Premier League."
It certainly seems Ibrahimovic has the backing of his boss with Mourinho even suggesting that the former PSG man will be at Old Trafford for two seasons.
Ibrahimovic only signed a one-year deal after leaving France on a free transfer, but he himself admitted that he could remain at the Theatre of Dreams for longer.
Zlatan to stay for more than one year
“Let’s see what happens. You never know. It could be more than two [years], it could be more than three, let’s see how long I feel like I can perform,” he told Sky Sports.
“I will not be somewhere only because I am Ibrahimovic. I will be somewhere because I can perform and bring results.”
Sorry Premier League defenders, but not only is Ibrahimovic going to be “phenomenal” this season, he looks set to remain at United for more than one season.
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