Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been pictured working hard ahead of Manchester United’s opening Europa League game with Feyenoord on Thursday night.
The striker, following an exquisite start to life at Old Trafford, finds himself level with Chelsea’s Diego Costa and West Ham’s Michail Antonio as the Premier League’s joint top scorer.
Ibrahimovic’s most recent strike came against Manchester City – a sweetly timed volley that set-up a second half onslaught, crowned by several missed opportunities from the Swede.
The Swede, set to make his European bow against Feyenoord, was seen training at Carrington earlier today.
A notable tenet of Zlatan’s game is that, regardless of circumstance, he always seems to carve out chances. Without exception. Even against Man City, a contest seemingly hallmarked by an inability to create clear cut chances against Pep Guardiola’s side, the 34-year-old had ten shots on goal.
That, above all, is the cornerstone of any successful player, and somewhat explains his immense record of 397 career goals.
He may have been extremely wasteful against City (United could have comfortably beaten the visitors if the Swede had taken his chances), but that almost misses the point. The fact that Zlatan seems to always generate opportunities – a kind of chance-forging magnetism, if you will – means that goals will almost naturally come his way this season.