Zlatan Ibrahimovic tied unique European record during Man Utd vs Zorga

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic came to the rescue for Manchester United last night by scoring the only goal of the game against Zorya Luhansk.

Heading home from close range after a miss timed Wayne Rooney shot, it wasn't the most aesthetically pleasing finish of the Swede's illustrious career, but it was an important one as United got their Europa League campaign back on track.

What's more, the 69th minute goal also saw Zlatan write his name into European football history alongside two lesser journeymen of the game.

As reported by The Sun, in scoring his first goal for United in Europe on Thursday night, Ibrahimovic has now scored for no fewer than seven different clubs in European competition.

Spanning 15 years, Zlatan has racked up goals in either the Champions League or UEFA Cup/Europa League for; Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain and, after last night's header, Manchester United.

Quite the roll call of clubs, and quite the achievement for the 34-year-old striker. Although the fact he has appeared on the scoresheet for seven different clubs does highlight his inability to stay at one club for any considerable length of time.

And Ibrahimovic isn't the only player to have managed the improbable feat either.

Again per The Sun, there are two other players - both with Premier League experience - who join him in the exclusive club.

Step forward Adrian Mutu and John Carew.

Mutu, the one time Chelsea forward famously sacked by the club after a failed drugs test, racked up European goals for Argeş Piteşti, Dinamo Bucureşti, Parma, Chelsea, Juventus, Fiorentina and Petrolul Ploiesti despite his off-field issues. 

Carew, meanwhile, reached his target during a career that included spells in Norway, Spain, Italy, France and England between 1999-2012. 

Ibrahimovic, though, certainly has the most impressive CV of the three.

The veteran striker has won league titles all across Europe with some of the biggest clubs in the world. However, despite the La Liga, Serie A, and Ligue 1 titles, a European crown has, so far, eluded him.

Although the Europa League winner's medal doesn't quite match up to winning the Champions League, Ibrahimovic does then have added motivation to ensure Jose Mourinho's side go as far as possible in the competition this season.

Adding further goals to the one he scored at Old Trafford on Thursday night will go a long way to achieving that.

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