Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return to Manchester United was almost perfect on Saturday.
He came on in the 77th minute with his side winning 4-1 and came agonisingly close to making it five within minutes of stepping onto the pitch.
Nemanja Matic floated the ball towards the back post, where Ibrahimovic produced a trademark bicycle kick only to be denied by the Newcastle United goalkeeper.
Scoring on his comeback would have been the best possible way for Ibrahimovic to re-announce himself after spending seven months out injured.
Back in April, the Swede ruptured his knee ligaments and was told he would be out until 2018. There were even fears his career was over.
But now he's back and knowing Ibrahimovic, it won't be long before he's back in the goals for United.
In his post-match interview alongside Paul Pogba on BT Sport, Ibrahimovic was asked how it felt to be back and playing.
He said: "It's special. Different day, same quality. I am not worried. I am not worried at all because I know what I do. I train hard. I sacrificed a lot."
He was also asked how hard it was watching on the sidelines for so long: "It is not easy, especially in my case. It was not like I went on vacation.
"I had a different summer because I was without a contract. As soon as I signed I wanted to focus on the team. I wanted to give something to help the team as best as possible.
"It's about coming back and making a statement. I'm just thankful I can play football again."
Ibrahimovic's best response came when he was asked if he ever thought a return wasn't possible, though.
In the video below at 0:42, Zlatan makes Pogba crack up with laughter when he says: "No, because lions they don't recover like humans."
"LIONS DON'T RECOVER LIKE HUMANS"
Classic Ibrahimovic. He's been out for seven months with a career-threatening injury, but he's still the same hilarious, egotistical player he was before rupturing his ACL.
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