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Zlatan is 'pumped' for United challenge


Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: PA Wire

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: PA Wire

Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Photo: PA Wire

Former Manchester United treble winner Jesper Blomqvist believes he has not seen his fellow Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic so energised by a challenge for years.

Reds boss Jose Mourinho identified the need for a big name presence to boost United and the 34-year-old striker has delivered since his free transfer signing with three Premier League goals against Bournemouth and Southampton and a Wembley winner in the Community Shield against champions Leicester City.

Ibrahimovic was a free agent after his Paris St Germain contract ended last season and added United to his illustrious list of clubs that includes Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and PSG.

But his start at Old Trafford has delighted ex-winger Blomqvist and wooed United's "crazy" supporters.

"Zlatan couldn't have got a better start. It's crazy. It's incredible. It's so cool," said Blomqvist as United prepare for tomorrow evening's Premier League clash at Hull City.

"England is a country crazy for football and Manchester is a city crazy for football where the fans have got used to pretty much everything, but it has been a long time since they've seen this kind of start from a player.

"You can see with Zlatan that he is fully aware, that he knows that this is a wonderful challenge that he needed now to be able to play well.

"You can see that he is incredibly pumped up for this and it's been a long time since I've seen him this engaged and so enjoying his football.

"It's wonderful to see that. It's hard to beat the start he's had at United. He reminds me of Eric Cantona, the aura he has, how he carries himself. He really shows everyone that he is a winner and that he is convinced that everything will be alright. He is just as cool, calm and confident as Cantona.

"For Mourinho and the others at Manchester United that chose him, that winner mentality means a lot because they really need that winner mentality. He has to continue to get results, because even if everyone in Sweden knows what he can do, all fans and journalists in England weren't as convinced."