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Ibrahimovic has taken no time at all to settle in at Old Trafford.

Michael Carrick praises Zlatan Ibrahimovic's impact on Manchester United dressing room

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Prior to Paul Pogba's return to Manchester United for a world record £89 million fee this summer, it was Zlatan Ibrahimovic who was getting all the headlines at Old Trafford, after agreeing a one-year with the Red Devils, having allow his Paris Saint-Germain deal to expire.

The former Sweden arrived with nothing less than a massive reputation, while it's safe to say many had, and still do have, some choices words to describe the striker - arrogant and egotistical most commonly used - while the man himself recently referred to himself as "confident".

However, regardless of what the fans think of him, or, indeed, the 6ft 5in striker thinks of himself, there is no fairer judgement of a player's character than the opinion of some who works closely with Ibrahimovic on a daily basis.

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Despite football fans' perception of the Swede, United midfielder Michael Carrick has blown all presumptions about Ibrahimovic out of the water, with his recent comments about the former Barcelona man.

Speaking ahead of Manchester United's Premier League meeting with Southampton, as reported by Goal, Carrick said: "Ibra is a really nice guy and humble around the changing room.

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"He has fitted in really well, which is nice as he's made a real effort and you can see that.

"In terms of his quality and career, there's not much more to be said about him. He has proved what he brings to teams."

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho had recently admitted that the squad's young players have already started looking up to the striker and spending time talking to the United frontman who has enjoyed a trophy-laden career during spells at Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG.

Impact

However, as Carrick insists, there is clearly another side to Ibrahimovic that is not so commonly played out in the media. But 34-year-old is still having as much impact on the pitch, as off it.

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His goal against Leicester City in the Community Shield secured United their first trophy of the season, just under two weeks ago, while his glorious long-range striker away to Bournemouth at the weekend, helped get Mourinho's Premier League reign with the Red Devils off to a positive start.

But Ibrahimovic has some ten years his junior, ready to be United's main man this campaign, with Pogba also having impressed Carrick during his short spell back at the club, so far.

Terrific talent

"Paul is just Paul, the same lad that used to train with us when he was younger," Carrick added.

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"He was a terrific talent and now he has turned into a terrific player and that is why he is here. I'm sure he is happy at everything getting settled so he can focus on playing for this great club.

"It's easy to forget how young he still is. Most of his career is ahead of him, which is great for the club."

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Football
Premier League
Marcus Rashford
Manchester United
Michael Carrick
Jose Mourinho

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