Zlatan Ibrahimovic has wasted no time in backing up his trademark swagger in the only way he knows how – scoring goals.
The Swede has made a stunning start to life in a Manchester United shirt with three strikes in as many games, and will today face the first real test with his new club against Manchester City.
While ahead of the new campaign some predicted the 34-year-old would struggle to light up the Premier League as he enters the twilight of his career, he has issued a stern reminder that he remains one of the best in the business.
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Ibrahimovic’s dream start to his United career has inevitably drawn comparisons with one of the finest players the club has ever seen – Eric Cantona.
In contrast to his usual outspoken demeanour, the striker has admitted he is flattered to be compared with a true Old Trafford legend.
“Every player makes his own story and for the people around them there will always be talks, they will compare the players and say it was like this and that,” Ibrahimovic said, as per The Mirror.
“But I take it as a compliment because he had a fantastic story and history with the club that nobody will take away. It will remain in the history books and in the supporters’ hearts for a long time, so I take it as a compliment.
“But I think every player has his own story, so to compare a story with another story would not be fair, because I’m not in the same team as that time and he’s not on the same team like I am now.”
Ibrahimovic – a man who has contested some of the iconic derbies in world football with Ajax, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain – says he is relishing the prospect of adding the Manchester edition to his CV.
“The big games who doesn’t like to play them? It’s nice to play them, a fantastic feeling, but for the preparation I try to prepare myself in the same way I do for every game.
“I expect a fantastic atmosphere and a good game, with two equal teams who will play for the title and there are a lot of things happening in both clubs, so there are a lot of things to talk about.
“But you only remember the guy who lifts the trophy.”
Ibrahimovic has also warned the rest of the Premier League that United are yet to hit top gear under their new boss Jose Mourinho.
“I think the team has done good, but I know we can do much more,” he said.
“We are in the beginning, we have played three games and won each one, so the results were fantastic.
“The team is doing good, we are improving and everything is new, so we’re at the start and from here we will get much better, so the more time we spend together the better we will get, which is normal.”
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