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Paul Scholes: Zlatan Ibrahimovic should score more than 20 goals this season

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes insists Zlatan Ibrahimovic should score 20 goals this season under Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic netted his sixth Man United goal against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League, heading home from close range after 69 minutes to seal a 1-0 win.

The goal means that the Swede has scored for seven different clubs – Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint German and now United – in European competitions throughout his career.

Reflecting on this feat, Scholes declared that Zlatan should aim to score 20 goals for United this season.

“That’s not a bad record especially looking at the clubs he’s played for – AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Juventus…” he told BT Sport.

“He is a great centre-forward that’s why he’s at this club.

“Okay he might be towards the end of his career but I think he’s shown he’s got the body of a young 25-year-old.

“The way he looks, he looks in great shape and hopefully there’s another 20 goals from him this season.”

The last time Zlatan failed to score less than 20 goals in one season was exactly ten years ago, where the Swede netted 15 goals during his first season at Inter Milan back in 2006. Since then, Ibrahimovic has averaged 28.5 goals per season, despite entering the latter stages of his career.

Footballing ability, or indeed any sort of physical ability, does not improve with age. As Mr Wallace reminds Butch in Pulp Fiction, nobody ages like a good wine. But Mr Wallace clearly never saw Ibrahimovic play. He is a proverbial anomaly, such is his ability to continuously churn out goals despite his age, and United fans will be confident that Ibrahimovic fulfils this quota set by Scholes.

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