Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists his goal drought at Manchester United never worried him in the slightest.
The Swede, prior to Man United’s visit to Swansea City on Sunday, hadn’t found the net in eight games, with his last goal coming against Zorya Luhansk back in early October.
Zlatan was handed an opportunity to silence the critics against Bob Bradley’s side and the 35-year-old duly delivered, netting a ruthless brace in the first-half.
When asked whether his goal drought worried him, Zlatan said: “No [I was not worried], as long as you create the chances which I have been doing the goals will come.”
“But the most important thing is the win. The goals will come. I wasn’t [aware that it was the 25,000th goal]. I thought that was only me who had scored 25,000,” he added jokingly.
Some goal droughts come as a result of simply not receiving enough chances. Strikers can often become isolated, lonely creatures, consigned to chasing after the ball for 90 minutes.
This was not, as United fans will know, Zlatan’s issue. The Swede, in games against Chelsea, Burnley and Manchester City, was blessed with a bucket-load of chances but failed to convert a single one.
Against Swansea, however, he got the break he – and indeed the entire United side – desperately needed. Two chances, two goals. Three important points. This is the Zlatan we know and love: arrogant, vocal and utterly clinical. United fans will hope to see him continue in the same vein in the coming weeks.