Andreas Pereira: Manchester United teammates were left stunned by Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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It’s fair to say that Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a terrific start to his Manchester United career.

He set the tone by scoring an overhead kick less than three minutes into his first appearance in a United shirt, during a friendly against Galatasaray.

In his first competitive fixture, he scored the winner against Leicester in the Community Shield with a brilliant header in the 83rd-minute. On his first Premier League appearance, he scored from a 25-yard strike against Bournemouth. He followed that up with a brace against Southampton at Old Trafford to make it four goals in three matches.

Not bad at all.

While many people will have been surprised by the impact the 34-year-old has made in England, his teammates have been stunned by something else.

United players left open-mouthed

Andreas Pereira, who may have joined Granada on loan from United this summer, has revealed that the players were left ‘open-mouthed’ when he arrived with his own physio.

"When he arrived, everyone could see that he was a real professional," Pereira told GloboEsporte, per the Mirror.

"Just by his physical appearance, you can tell he is professional as hell. He just wants to win – he only thinks about football.

"He brought his own physiotherapist with him, to treat him at the club. Everyone was left open-mouthed by that."

As Periera mentions, Ibrahimovic is the ultimate professional. It’s certainly no luck that the forward is currently in the form of his life at the age of 34. The Swede takes care of his body in every possible way from having his own physio to doing martial arts in his spare time.

While he may not be involved with the club this season, Periera realises just how strong the Red Devils will be.

United to cause havoc

The 20-year-old has recognised how different the team is compared to last season under Louis van Gaal and he believes the likes of Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Jose Mourinho will cause ‘havoc.’

"Things have changed a fair bit," the midfielder continued.

"Ibra arrived. Pogba arrived and that was a bit strange... it was like he was coming back from a long holiday!

"The new players will help the team a lot. It's really different since Mourinho's arrival: everyone is more focused and prepared to play. I think this year Manchester United will create havoc."

Ibrahimovic may have only signed a one-year deal with the Old Trafford club but his manager has already hinted that he will remain at the club for at least two years. It's hardly surprising considering the way he has settled to life in England.

Considering how much he looks after his physique, it seems as though Ibrahimovic - with the help of his very own physio - will still be playing at the very top level in years to come.

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