Valencia: Ibrahimovic has made a great start at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Antonio Valencia has expressed his admiration for the way Zlatan Ibrahimovic has started at Manchester United.

The big Swede has clocked up four goals for his new club already and attracted praise from supporters for his performance against Hull City despite his failure to get on the scoresheet.

Speaking to MUTV, Valencia discussed how he was enjoying playing alongside such a well-renowned striker at Old Trafford.

“Now we have someone in the box who we can aim for,” he said.

“In addition, we know exactly who he is and that he’s made a great impression at whatever club he’s played at. Now he’s started off on the right foot here at United and we’re all here to help him when we can.

“We know that we can play the ball up to him because we know that he holds the ball up well, and that he can also find and bring in other midfielders in wide positions. You know that it’s always a sound option when you give the ball to him.”

It is no coincidence that Zlatan’s introduction to the side and Valencia’s regeneration as a right back happened at the same time. The 34-year-old’s menacing presence in the box has precipitated an opportunity for Valencia to burst down the flank and fire in crosses from the right hand side, seen most notably, of course, against Leicester City in the Community Shield, where the Ecuadorian’s cross was met with a powerful Ibrahimovic header.

Such a combination could prove extremely fruitful this season, with defenders already showing an inability to deal with big Swede in the air.

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