Ronald Koeman: Zlatan Ibrahimovic is still one of the best

by Tanveer Arayan


Ronald Koeman has praised his former player Zlatan Ibrahimovic as one of the best ahead of Manchester United’s clash against Everton.

Koeman took over as Ajax manager in 2001 and placed his trust in a then 19-year-old Ibrahimovic, as the pair claimed two Eredivisie titles and a KNVB Cup.

The Swede has endured a mixed start to life at Old Trafford and was heavily criticised after he suffered one of the worst goal-scoring droughts of his senior career.

Speaking about Ibrahimovic, Koeman claims he will play a vital role for Mourinho.

“That time was nice because already in that time you saw a fantastic young player,” he said.

“It was nice to work with him because you saw a lot of what he showed later in his career. He was sometimes difficult for the manager but it was really nice, I enjoyed working with him.

“He’s won titles in Spain, in Italy, in France and, of course, he is in the last part of his career but he is still that motivated player, a strong player who is scoring goals.

“Really he is the type of football player you like to have in your team. It’s about personality and quality.

“Maybe some people were a little bit disappointed in the beginning because he struggled maybe a little more than he showed in France but I think that’s all about the type of competition.

“The quality of defending, the physical strength of a lot of opponents makes it a lot more difficult here. Still, he is one of the best, still making a difference for the team and if he gets chances he still scores goals.”

By the time he left for United he had 156 goals in 180 appearances and while the Premier League is much more competitive than Ligue 1, he has already hit double goal scoring figures at Old Trafford.

He won’t be able to reach his PSG record of 38 goals in one campaign during his final year in France, but he will have massive impact at United.

Hopes are he can continue to find the back at of the net at Goodison Park as United look to get the campaign back on track.

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