The Swede, following Man United’s 2-0 win over West Brom, now boasts an impressive record of ten goals in his last nine games, taking his total to 16 overall.
Jones, speaking after the game against West Brom, claimed that the side would benefit strongly from other players replicating Ibrahimovic’s approach.
“He is enjoying it. He’s strong, he scores goals and you could see his quality [against West Brom]. It’s great that he’s scoring so many goals. It’s what we need,” he said.
“Maybe we need some more players to chip in with some more goals, but he’s doing well for us and long may it continue.
“He looks after his body, he looks after himself, he’s a true professional and anyone growing up, looking for how a top professional should behave, he is the ideal player.”
As the weeks go by, with this Mourinho side slowly gelling into a cohesive unit, Zlatan’s magnetism – both on and off the pitch – has become a growingly pervasive factor.
His sheer presence at the masthead of United’s front-line is invaluable. You always sense that, with Zlatan on the ball, something could happen: an inch-perfect pass, a smart flick, a thunderous shot. He could spend 85 minutes on the periphery of proceedings, only to then rifle home a sensational winning goal.
And that, above anything, is what underpins Zlatan’s bombastic approach: an ability to change the outcome of a game with one singular moment of unstoppable brilliance. It is, I dare say, Cantona-esque.