Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made a dream start to his Manchester United career.
The Swede, a free transfer after the expiration of his Paris Saint-Germain contract, has hit the ground running with five goals in five games for his new club.
Having reached the age of 34, and spent the past four years in France, there were many who doubted whether Ibrahimovic could cut it in the Premier League, even after he scored 52 goals last season.
Ibrahimovic has well and truly silenced those critics. His fine strike in United’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday continued his purple patch - he’s certainly the real deal.
United signed the former Barcelona striker to a one-year deal in the summer but the Red Devils are planning to reward him for his fine start to life in Manchester.
According to the Mirror, the Premier League giants are ready to add two more years to his one-year contract, making it a three-year stay in total.
It means Ibrahimovic’s contract will last until close to his 38th birthday.
Dominant in pre-season tests
United are apparently so impressed with Ibrahimovic’s physical ability that they are confident he can perform for three seasons. In some pre-season physical tests, the striker was posting times and distances between 15 and 20 per cent better than team-mates 10 years his junior.
On-lookers were left stunned by his measured leap from a standing start, while another exercise that assessed the power of his hamstrings had the same effect.
From short-term solution to becoming a pivotal player. Ibrahimovic really is an exceptional talent.
United will speak with his representatives, including agent Mino Raiola, in the New Year to discuss his future.