Zlatan Ibrahimovic: I’m not happy with anything less than perfect at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has insisted that he is not happy with anything less than perfect at Manchester United this season.

The Swede, since arriving in July, has netted 19 goals in all competitions and currently sits level with Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Diego Costa as Premier League top scorer.

His last goal – a superb late header during Man United’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool last weekend – extended his superb record to 13 goals in as many games following an eight match barren spell.

And Zlatan, speaking earlier this week, noted that he demands perfection from himself and his teammates this season.

“I really want to do not perfect, more than perfect, every game, even in training,” he said. “I’m not happy if I don’t win in training so imagine what it’s like in the games.

“That is the pressure I put on myself and so your pressure becomes like a kindergarten for me.

“My pressure is really high. I’m not satisfied until I get what I want. What I want is to win.”

It is no coincidence that Zlatan has claimed silverware all across Europe throughout his career. The Swede, always at the masthead of attack, has never stopped chasing footballing perfection, espousing an air of omnipotence wherever he goes.

It is a truly unique and devastating mindset – something deeply engrained from a difficult life growing up as an immigrant in the suburbs of Malmo. Even at the age of 35 his raw drive remains unswerving, and his presence has notably galvanised this entire United side under Jose Mourinho.

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