Monday 27 January 2020

'I'm back at United to win the league' - Ibrahimovic


Zlatan Ibrahimovic shakes hand with the devil. Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic shakes hand with the devil. Photo: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Luke Edwards

Zlatan Ibrahimovic decided to re-sign for Manchester United as he is convinced they will win the title this season if he plays alongside Romelu Lukaku in attack.

Ibrahimovic has postponed a move to the MLS to have another crack at the Premier League, and the former Sweden striker was in typically confident mood when asked to explain his decision.

Having revealed he had agreed a new one-year contract by posting a picture of himself dressed as Jesus shaking hands with a Red Devil, the striker claimed he has seen enough to know Jose Mourinho's side will be the best team in the league because of the quality of their summer signings.

His rapid return from injury - the 35-year-old could be playing again by the end of October - will merely be the finishing touch.

"I come back to finish what I started," said Ibrahimovic, who will probably be used more sparingly following the £75m signing of Lukaku from Everton.

Sacrifice "From my first year here the team has been winning trophies and learning the sacrifice it takes to win a trophy. And the mental part and that is what I think the coach brought the team, the mental thing and me as a player. In the Premier League there are many (rivals), which are top six, let's say.

"Like last season Chelsea was the best team, they won. You'll still have Chelsea, you have Liverpool, I think Everton are not to be underestimated because they have a great coach and they are investing a lot to win. And obviously you have Arsenal, (Manchester) City. So, I think it will look like last year but this year the Red Devils will be on top."

United initially seemed reluctant to renew Ibrahimovic's contract, given he earns around £350,000 (€380,000) a week and would not play for so long. It was also the first major physical breakdown of his career, raising fears he would not be the same player when he returned.

However, having carried out his rehabilitation at United's Carrington base, Ibrahimovic has stunned medical staff with the speed of his recovery and he sees no reason why he will not return as strong and as he was before the injury. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

The Left Wing: Schools rugby special - 'The St Michael’s dream team are the side to beat'

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport