Former Manchester United captain Bobby Robson has showered praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, noting that the Swede has been “terrific” this season.
The Swede, who arrived at the club back in July, has netted 23 goals in 35 games so far this season.
He claimed his first ever Man United hat-trick – and the 17th of his career – during a 3-0 win over Saint Etienne in the Europa League last 32 on Thursday.
And Robson, speaking after the game, was quick to haul the 35-year-old for his contributions under Jose Mourinho this season.
“Ibrahimovic has been terrific. He has an unbelievable record whichever league he’s played in,” he said.
“He’s a personality and that’s what he has brought to Man United. It’s rubbed off on the other players and has improved their performance.
“It’s great that he is up to 20 goals already in all competitions and that’s why he’s been brought to the club.”
Those last 20 minutes against ASSE could be seen as a microcosm of what Mourinho wants from this United side: a constant sense of ominous pressure pouring forward, pinning the opposition further back with each wave of attack, before punishing them in emphatic fashion.
And at the heart of this lies Zlatan. He was, above anything, the side’s principal bully – picking up the ball from deep, turning, finding an opponent and then surging forward once again, looking to provide the final touch. It was a ruthless demolition job from the Swede, and supporters will hope to see more of the same as the months go by.