Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists he isn't arrogant

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The confident, entertaining and occasionally controversial character that is Zlatan Ibrahimovic will finally grace the Premier League this weekend for Manchester United.

It has been a long time coming but even non-Man United supporters will be curious to see how one of the most successful players in a generation will get on in arguably the toughest league in Europe.

Everywhere Ibrahimovic has gone, success has followed and being reunited with Jose Mourinho and Old Trafford almost guarantees there will be fireworks in one form or another over the course of the upcoming campaign.

The former Swedish international is renowned for his flamboyant personality and has often been portrayed by the media as being overly confident in the past. One thing is for sure, there is rarely a dull moment when Ibrahimovic is in town.

However, speaking ahead of Man United's opening game of the season against Bournemouth on Sunday, Ibrahimovic has hit back at claims he is arrogant.

In a very typical quote-rich Ibrahimovic interview, he told Sky Sports: "People have the image of me that I'm a bad boy; I'm this and I'm that. People are curious: 'How is this Zlatan?'

"I'm a family guy. I'm taking care of my family, but when I come on the pitch I'm a lion. That's the big difference."

Some of Zlatan's best quotes from the past include:

  • "An injured Zlatan is a pretty serious thing for any team."
  • "What [John] Carew can do with a football, I can do with an orange."
  • "One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch."

After reading those you can understand why some might perceive the 34-year-old to be quite full of himself but the former Paris Saint-Germain and Milan star insists his critics are mistaken.

"I don't believe I'm arrogant in the way that people think. I'm confident. I believe in myself. That's not being arrogant. That's something I believe is an individual strength in the human being.

"I have confidence and I believe in myself. I have a vision and I do everything. I work hard for it."

"I don't believe that's arrogant."

After scoring three minutes into his first Man United appearance against Galatasaray and heading home the winner to beat Premier League champions Leicester in the Community Shield, Ibrahimovic has every right to believe he will be equally successful in England this year.

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