Bryan Robson: Zlatan Ibrahimovic can be Man Utd's new Robin van Persie

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic could prove to be one of the Premier League's greatest ever bargains if he duly delivers at Manchester United.

Success has followed the 34-year-old wherever he has played, winning nine league titles since 2006 during spells at Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.

He now faces a challenge like no other in England's top-flight but if anyone can spark domestic glory, it's Zlatan.


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An incredible 38 goals in Ligue 1 last season speaks volumes about the Swede's quality, despite having made his senior debut at Malmo 17 years ago.

United now possess one of Europe's deadliest strikers and for club legend Bryan Robson, Ibrahimovic is capable of emulating what Robin van Persie did during his debut season at Old Trafford after signing four years ago.

Speaking to MUTV, he said: "Zlatan is 34 and it would have been nice to get him at 28 or 29, something like that, but the way he played for PSG last year showed he has a lot to offer still and he looks really fit.

"I think back to Sir Alex's last year [2012-13] when everybody talked about Robin van Persie's age and his injuries when he joined, but he won us the title with his goals that season.

"Hopefully Zlatan can do the same."

Following his controversial move to United from Arsenal, Van Persie struck 26 Premier League goals and almost single-handedly steered Ferguson's side to the title.

And who's to say Ibrahimovic can't do the same using the power, precision and skill he has become renowned for.

"He will take the pressure off Wayne Rooney as well," Robson added. "Every time we've had a bad result the excuse is that Wayne didn't play particularly well.

"The pressure has always been on him to perform and Zlatan will take that away from Wayne a wee bit, so Wayne can relax and enjoy his game."

It would seem Robson is also a big fan of Zlatan's inflated ego.

"Zlatan gave a great interview when the reporter told him that he'd previously described himself as 10 out of 10 and asked how he would rate himself now. Zlatan said 11 out of 10."

Ibrahimovic certainly has a lot to live up to given the sheer weight of expectation on his shoulders.

The former PSG striker is used to such pressure, though, and has largely thrived from it throughout his glittering career.

And when managed by Jose Mourinho and supplied by the creative likes of Rooney, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Ibrahimovic's best could be yet to come.

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