When Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrived on a free transfer in the summer there were many doubts about him; he wouldn’t be able to adapt to the Premier league, he is too old to play at this level, he is overrated. But, in half a season he has already made everyone questioning him eat up their words!
Zlatan made a brilliant start to the season, scoring on his debut to win the Community Shield, then scoring on his Premier League debut the following week. On his Old Trafford debut he also began with a bang by scoring a brace in a win over Southampton. Following his outstanding start to the season Zlatan went on a rough spell from mid October to early November, scoring just 1 goal in 11 matches. This saw Ibra missing some big chances in some games where 1 goal would’ve made a huge difference. However, 2 goals in a 3-1 win away at Swansea saw a big, big change in form for Ibrahimovic. Including the Swansea match, Zlatan has managed 13 goals in 14 games following that up to now (25th Jan), including 4 assists too. This meteoric rise in form has helped United to a run of 17 games unbeaten in all competitions, which also saw a streak of 9 wins in a row.
The way Zlatan plays helps the team to play in multiple dimensions. His aerial presence and brilliant heading ability enables his team mates to knock it long to him and use him as a target man, this is helped by him being one of the worlds best hold-up strikers, who can bring his team mates into play and create space around him. Also, it gives the option of crosses into the box which always creates a chance of a goal if he is in the box. Whilst being deadly in and around the box with his eye for goal and unreal finishing ability , he is also able to play in others around him and can find space in the tightest of gaps. His link up play in the final third has been the difference for United many times this season.
With 19 goals already this season, Zlatan already has more than or equal to any of the Manchester United top scorers since the 2012-13 season. At the age of 35 he is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, playing the full 90 minutes an immense 27 times already this season. Zlatan Ibrahimovic had only good things to say of Jose Mourinho when he first joined and has now repaid his faith in him. His time with Mourinho at Inter helped build their strong relationship.
‘He’s a winner, I’m a winner and we know both what we want. We want to win. Wherever we go, we win. And we will win.
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