When Zlatan Ibrahimovic first arrived at Manchester United, it looked to be an inspired move by Jose Mourinho.
The legendary Swede scored on his first appearance in a United shirt with an overhead-kick against Fenerbahce in a pre-season friendly, and then proceeded to score against Leicester in the Community Shield, Bournemouth and Southampton (twice) to make an immediate impact.
But he recently went six matches without a goal and there were suddenly doubts whether the 35-year-old can still play at the highest level.
A brace against Swansea helped prove some doubters wrong but it seems there are still some that are questioning his performances at United.
That includes an unnamed Dutch journalist.
Ahead of his side's Europa League clash against Feyenoord, Ibrahimovic was asked by a journalist from the Netherlands why we’re not seeing him “shining” like he used to.
Ibrahimovic reacted just how you’d expect - in typical Zlatan style.
He replied: “I shine 24 hours. I’m getting older yes, but I’m shining in one way or another but if you want to shine even more I will try to do it for you.”
Take a look at the exchange below:
While that particular Dutch journalist clearly isn’t impressed with Ibrahimovic’s form, it seems his manager is more than satisfied. In fact, Mourinho's so happy that it appears he will be triggering the additional year in his contract.
"Zlatan's situation is simple. He has 1+1. We are happy with him. We are going to execute option of 2nd season,” he said.
Ibrahimovic was also asked about his United future and suggested he will be remaining at United beyond this season.
"For the moment we haven’t had any discussions. I have a comment that says one plus one. I feel good, I feel fresh, I feel in shape, so it will probably be a second year. I want to perform like I can do and not waste time," he said.
“The second year goes automatic after one, so if it continues like this, yes.”
So, it seems that Ibrahimovic will spend the 2017/18 season in Manchester. Whether or not he will be “shining” remains to be seen.
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