Zlatan Ibrahimovic reveals his first impression of Marcus Rashford

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic has arrived at Old Trafford with a wealth of experience and more importantly, success.

Winning titles in Spain, Italy and France is no easy accomplishment but the Swede has been there, done that and got the T-shirt at virtually every club he has been at.

But no one really knows what to expect when Ibrahimovic begins his Premier League adventure on Sunday against Bournemouth.

Jose Mourinho has spoken very highly of Manchester United's new No. 9 and is excited to see the effect the striker has on the rest of the squad and more specifically, Marcus Rashford.

Rashford's rise to prominence was one of the feel-good stories of last season and he now has the perfect role model to learn his craft from over the next nine months.

And even after just a few weeks of training alongside the young English ace, Ibrahimovic has been impressed with what he has seen so far.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the 34-year-old fully acknowledged his role as being one of the senior players in the squad: "I can do a lot for the young players.

"I have been at the top for 10-15 years, I have played for clubs that players could only dream about and I have won with every club I have been at.

"I have played with big champions, big quality, top players, this is something I have brought with me and I give to the younger players."

Ibrahimovic also revealed he was already aware of Rashford's talent before arriving in Manchester and hailed him as 'the future of England'.

"I see Rashford as a huge talent, I have been here two weeks and I also saw him last season," he added.

"I get to see him live every day now and he is the future of England. He just needs to keep working hard, keep focusing and everything will come by itself."

Rashford's tendency to score in the big games is already something he shares with Ibrahimovic and working under the guidance of Jose Mourinho and the Swede can only benefit the youngster in the long term.

It isn't just on the pitch where Rashford can pick up a few tricks. Zlatan recalled the time he joined Juventus and how he would try to copy everything the more experienced pros would do.

Ibrahimovic continued: "I remember I went to Juventus where all the big stars were, I saw the way they were behaving, training, how professional they were, how they were eating. You study all the small details and start to do the same. Then you become one of them."

Five Premier League goals were all it took to convince Roy Hodgson to take the 18-year-old to Euro 2016 but there will more pressure on Rashford to kick on, improve that tally and really make a name for himself this campaign.

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