Ander Herrera has heaped praise on fellow teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic following the 35-year-old’s match-winning display in the League Cup final, labelling the big Swede as crucial to Manchester United.
Ibrahimovic netted his 26th – and indeed most important – goal of the season in the dying moments of Man United’s 3-2 win over Southampton last Sunday to hand Jose Mourinho his first trophy at Old Trafford.
Many former players have compared Zlatan’s influence to that of Eric Cantona following a recent ruthless run of seven goals in six games.
And Herrera, speaking after the win at Wembley, was quick to sing the praises of United’s Swedish hero.
“He appears at crucial times and we needed him in the 86th minute. He scored the goal that gave us the title,” he said.
“I’m asked many times about him, and I don’t know what to say anymore. He is 35, he has won things in all the countries he has played in.
“He is competitive, he drills us about winning each game in every training session. He is a winner.”
“You have to put up with how competitive he is.”
Zlatan promised the footballing world that he would become the God of Manchester back in July, and many – including those that wrote him off over the summer – are now starting to realise that this remark was no joke.
He has more goals than any United player since the start of last season, despite only being 38 games into his time under Jose Mourinho; in fact, he has more goals than anybody in England this season. And the best part? He’s far from done yet: at this stage of last season Zlatan had 30 goals to his name, and he went on to grab 20 more. It could be a wonderfully exciting few months for United fans.