Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened up about the early stages of his time at Manchester United, outlining his shared ambition to win the title.
The big Swede arrived at Old Trafford in July and has already stamped his authority on English football, netting four goals and securing the title of Eurosport’s European Player of Month for August.
Ibrahimovic heightened the ever-expanding anticipation surrounding the Manchester derby this week after he posted a video of himself sending a training kit to Manchester City’s goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, noting: “You’re gonna need it.”
In an interview with 7DAYS, Zlatan reflected on what has been a brilliant start to life in Manchester.
“I have said already that I have played in many leagues in many countries, but the Manchester fans have eclipsed anything I have ever known,” he said.
“Every game this season they have been the 12th man on the field for us, and if we are going to have a successful season – they will play a big part.
“Mourinho is a mastermind. I do not have many regrets, but I did regret that I did not get to play under Mourinho for longer. When the opportunity came again for him to be my coach at Manchester United – it was an easy decision. He knows everything about the game, who would not want to be coached by him?
“The main thing is we are focused on ourselves. It is a long season, but we have started well. We have the ambition to win the title, and it will be important that we try and take points of the teams that will be challenging.”
The sheer presence of Zlatan, let alone his devastating impact on the pitch, is unmistakably empowering. This is a man with 31 major honours, including nine league titles in the last ten seasons. Winning with a pinch of arrogance is part of both the Swede’s DNA and that of Man United as a whole.
His introduction into this side seems almost providential, and the same can be said of Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba: they are all meant for this club. Under the same roof, these three huge characters – perhaps the three biggest characters in world football today – could inflict some serious damage.