Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made his mark on the Premier League in remarkable fashion.
Many wondered if the 34-year-old striker, a sensation in France, could hack it in the considerably more competitive Premier League. Two games is a small sample size but the signs indicate that he can.
The Swede has scored in each of his United games, taking his tally to four with a brace against Southampton. He kickstarted his run by scoring against Leicester City in the Community Shield and followed it up by netting in the 3-1 win over Bournemouth.
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Zlatan Ibrahimovic became the first player to score in his first three United matches since Ian Storey-Moore scored in successive games in 1972. In total nine players have achieved the feat.
The former Paris Saint-Germain has now turned his sights to equalling a 91-year record by scoring in his first four matches.
Ibrahimovic will enter his name into the history books if he nets against Hull City on Saturday. Few would bet against him breaching the Tigers’ defence given his impeccable form.
Jimmy Hanson is the only player who holds the record. The striker, a local lad bought from Stalybridge Celtic, scored on his United debut in November 1924 against, ironically, Hull.
The weirdest part of Hanson’s streak, however, is that it came over two seasons.
Nearly a year apart
Hanson followed up his debut goal with strikes against Blackpool and Derby County but wouldn’t play again for United until the following September.
The striker was 20-years-old when he arrived at Old Trafford and after that game against Derby, United chiefs decided that Hanson wasn’t ready for the rough and tumble of Division Two football.
Despite his goals, Hanson struggled against Derby’s aggressive defenders and so was effectively put in cold storage. Imagine Marcus Rashford being hidden from sight after bursting onto the scene in February of this year; that’s what happened to Hanson.
Fortunately, United’s decision paid off. The Red Devils secured promotion with a second-placed finish.
Hanson made it four straight
Hanson made his highly-anticipated return in September 1925 and picked up where he left off, scoring in his fourth United game against Aston Villa.
Hanson’s streak ended against Manchester City but he made it five goals in six games against Burnley.
Ibrahimovic will be desperate to continue his streak at the KCOM Stadium this weekend. Why? Because it means he can break the record in the Manchester derby.