Monday 23 April 2018

Manchester United legend backs Zlatan Ibrahimovic to fire Red Devils to the title

Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with the Manchester United kit
Zlatan Ibrahimovic poses with the Manchester United kit
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has backed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to fire his new club to Premier League title glory.

Ibrahimovic is set to meet up with his new United team-mates for the first time this week after being given permission to miss what turned into a pretty shambolic brief pre-season trip to China, with the Swede earning this glowing backing from United ambassador Robson as he prepares to make his arrival in Manchester.

“Zlatan is 34 and it would have been nice to get him at 28 or 29, something like that, but the way he played for PSG last year showed he has a lot to offer still and he looks really fit,” Robson told MUTV.

“I think back to Sir Alex’s last year when everybody talked about Robin van Persie’s age and his injuries when he joined, but he won us the title with his goals that season. Hopefully Zlatan can do the same.

“He will take the pressure off Wayne Rooney as well. Every time we’ve had a bad result the excuse is that Wayne didn’t play particularly well. The pressure has always been on him to perform and Zlatan will take that away from Wayne a wee bit, so Wayne can relax and enjoy his game.”

Ibrahimovic could make his United debut in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial match at next Wednesday, with Everton in opposition for the prestige game at Old Trafford.

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