Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has showered praise on Zlatan Ibrahimovic, labelling his achievements at Manchester United as ‘unbelievable’ in a superb season so far.
The Swede’s arrival in July gave rise to a wave of doubt surrounding his capacity for dealing with the furious nature of English football, but he has duly silenced all critics by netting 26 goals so far this season.
His most recent strike was, without doubt, the biggest yet: an 87th minute winner against Southampton in the League Cup final which leaves him on 26 goals in all competitions.
And Redknapp, speaking on Sky Sports, was quick to laud the striker for his influence under Jose Mourinho this season.
“I think it’s unbelievable what we’re watching,” he said. “Throughout his career there was always a feeling in England that maybe he was a flat track bully.”
“In Champions League games against English teams it never quite happened for him. But to think, after 30 years of age, he has got over 200 goals. Will he be able to cope with the demand of the Premier League? He told us he would and he’s proved to be correct.
“For him to be carrying one of the biggest clubs in the world, Manchester United, at his age, in the most difficult position on the field, I just think we’re watching something special. You only wish we had him in the Premier League 10 years ago.”
It almost feels as if the only person that didn’t doubt Zlatan back in the summer was Zlatan himself. While the footballing world wasted time explaining how Ibrahimovic, despite becoming PSG’s all-time top goalscorer in four seasons prior to coming to England, was a spent force, the Swede was preparing himself for another season of bombastic domination.
And this, above anything, is the key to Zlatan’s continued success. He knows, deep down, that he can still wreak havoc against any centre back in the world, and the footballing world is now in the process of realising that too.