Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s recent form makes it’s easy to forget about his blistering start to life at Manchester United.
The Swede scoring within four minutes of his debut in a friendly against Galatasaray and then bagged the winner in the Community Shield victory over Leicester City.
Ibrahimovic then made the Premier League look like a piece of cake, netting four goals in United’s first four league games of the season.
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It seemed as if Jose Mourinho had found the striker who could score the goals needed to turn United into title contenders. While Manchester City had Sergio Aguero and Chelsea boasted Diego Costa, it was thought that Ibrahimovic would match those two in the scoring department.
But the goals have swiftly dried up. Ibrahimovic has scored three times in 12 appearances, and two of those came in his last outing against Swansea.
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Ibrahimovic turned 35 in October, which is as good a reason as any for a drop off in form. Fans wouldn’t have as many complaints had his eight goals been spread out over the season, but the fact that just four have come since September hasn’t helped his case.
Ibra isn't worried about his lack of goals
The ex-Paris Saint-Germain striker discussed his recent performances in an interview with BT Sport, and his reason is just typical Zlatan.
"I'm not worried about the goals," he said, via Goal. "I would be worried if I don't create the chances or if I don't have the chances because that is the moment you feel like you're not able to do what you're used to, but the goals will come.
"I have more than 450 goals in my career so that is the last thing I'm worried about."
Brilliant. Although Man United fans won’t care what Ibrahimovic did in the past - it’s about what he does now.
Ibra is seeking European glory
The striker missed Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Arsenal through suspension but is in line to play in this evening’s Europa League clash against Feyenoord.
Ibrahimovic is arguably the most high-profile player never to win the Champions League - and he’s running out of time to do so - but he’ll settle for success in Europe’s second-tier tournament.
"I want to win everything I play for," he added. "When I go in training I don't accept to lose, I don't like to lose; I'll do everything to win.
"We play in the Europa League, I think the team belongs in the Champions League but it is what it is, and we will do everything to win it.
"I have a lot of medals, a lot, and I want more. You know what, I have a very big house - there I keep them [the medals]. That [the Europa League] would fit very good, there is also a place for that trophy."
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