The Swede has made a rip-roaring start to life in a red shirt: he scored an overhead kick three minutes into his first appearance, netted the winner against Leicester City to claim the Community Shield, and launched a 25 yard thunder-strike past Artur Boruc yesterday.
Manchester United ran out as 3-1 winners at the Vitality Stadium, with supporters purring over the 34-year-old’s emphatic second half performance.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Rooney was full of praise for Ibrahimovic.
“Zlatan is obviously is a top quality player,” he said.
“He is a target man but has great feet. He had a good strike against Bournemouth and it was a great goal, he has been to different leagues throughout Europe and has always scored so there is no doubt he will continue to score for us.”
Zlatan’s goal was wonderful for several reasons: wonderful, of course, for its sheer laser guided accuracy and power; but also wonderful because, as the Swede wheeled away, arms outstretched as the Vitality Stadium watched on in quiet awe, it felt as if that swagger was returning – that blissful arrogance and ability to glide past opponents when in second gear.