Juan Mata has been delighted with the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United, claiming his big personality will be a huge boost for the players.
He signed a new one-year deal with Jose Mourinho last week as he steps up his recovery from the cruciate knee ligament injury.
There were doubts the big Swede would even be able to perform in England during the latter stages of his career, but he put all critics to rest with 28 goals before his campaign was ended prematurely, and he’ll need to silence doubters once again once he returns from his injury.
Speaking about the signing, Mata believes he will truly help the club on and off the pitch.
“He’s one of those players that has a history of winning lots of trophies and scoring goals everywhere he goes and is the biggest star in the history of Swedish football,” he said.
“He’s a legend of the game and we are happy that he is with us. For the young players he is a big personality who they can look up to and learn a lot of things.
“His personality will help us.”
Most betting sites have United down as the early title favourites after a storming start to the Premier League season and Mata has played a key role in the first few games in an advanced midfield position, but will Zlatan play a vital role when he does return?
Even though he is not expected to play until just after Christmas, Zlatan has been working incredibly hard and reports claim he could even be back in October.
His impact in his debut season was outstanding, the best since Robin van Persie, but Romelu Lukaku is now at United and we’ve got a new No.9 to lead our line alongside Marcus Rashford. That being said, you can’t ignore how good Ibrahimovic is and the return of the Champions League means we’ll need as many experienced players as possible this season.
It’ll be great to see him back in a United shirt and he’ll be looking to see out his United career with a Premier League trophy to add to his glowing array of titles rather than being forced out with an injury. Imagine that – Ibrahimovic ending his football career by lifting the Premier League, what an end that would be for the Swedish striker to add it to his La Liga, Eredivisie and Serie A titles.