Sunday 4 December 2016

Zlatan Ibrahimovic full of praise for Wayne Rooney ahead of his testimonial

Published 03/08/2016 | 16:01

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pictured, is predicting he will have a fruitful time working alongside Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, pictured, is predicting he will have a fruitful time working alongside Wayne Rooney

New Manchester United frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has described club captain Wayne Rooney as the "perfect partner for a striker".

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Rooney has dropped into in a midfield role for United and England of late but new Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho has indicated he wants to utilise the 30-year-old further forward.

On Saturday a 5-2 friendly win for United over Galatasaray saw Rooney score twice and Ibrahimovic once, a nd the latter says he can see "only success" if the two play alongside each other in attack.

The 34-year-old Swede, recruited this summer on a free transfer after leaving Paris St Germain, told MUTV: "I think every big player can work with other big players. That's not a problem.

"We are 11 players not two players on the pitch. It's up to the coach what he wants but, with him, I see no problems. Only success.

"I said many years ago the perfect partner for a striker is Wayne Rooney. He works not only for himself but for the striker and the whole team. I'm absolutely happy to be one of the guys beside him."

Wednesday sees Old Trafford host a testimonial for Rooney against Everton - the club he United from in 2004.

He has gone on to score 245 goals for the Red Devils, putting him only four behind Sir Bobby Charlton's all-time record haul for the club, and helped them secure plenty of silverware, including five Premier League titles and the 2007-08 Champions League.

Ibrahimovic added of Rooney: "I think he's had a fantastic career.

"It's not easy to be in top clubs for so many years. Players come and go. Top players are coming and going but he is still staying.

"He has performed at the top every year. I think he is a perfect example for young players to look at and take after. He's been playing such a long time for a top club and giving results year after year.

"Not everybody can succeed with that but he is one of them. I'm very happy I'm in his team and will do my best to help him win."

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