Zlatan now has 16 goals in all competitions for Man United and is only two behind the Premier League’s top scorer Diego Costa. By some margin, he is United’s most prolific goalscorer and leading man in attack.
Having signed for a free, lots was said about whether Zlatan would thrive of flop in England but Shearer had nothing but high praise for the big Swedish striker.
“This is a supreme athlete and supreme example to all players, young and old,” Shearer said.
“He has been the talisman for what is fast becoming a revival at Old Trafford.
“If the veteran Swede can go on to finish top scorer in the league this season, for me it would be his finest achievement — and there are plenty to top.”
I think it’s absolutely fair to look at Zlatan as a talisman for United right now. Since Sir Alex retired, we’ve been almost devoid of leadership as the likes of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra left soon after – that’s changed with the arrival of Zlatan.
His finishing has been questionable at points but he’s still on 16 goals despite missing a whole host of other clear chances. You can’t argue with that and he’s certainly United’s danger man at the moment.
Fans may point towards the galvanising effect Eric Cantona had on a United side which had been struggling in Fergie’s early days and Zlatan is helping United transform in every way both on and off the pitch at the moment. He’s certainly brought the assured swagger back and we’re starting to see that reflect in some of our performances.