Wednesday 22 November 2017

Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Man United medical results 'among the best they have ever seen'

Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his new strip
Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his new strip

Sam Wallace

Manchester United have been taken aback by Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s outstanding medical results this week, which the club believe vindicate their decision to sign the 34-year-old on a one year deal.

The free agent, who finally announced his intention to join United in a blizzard of social media publicity on Thursday, underwent a medical at the club on Friday where he was tested as per any new signing.

Telegraph Sport understands that the club’s medical department considered his performance to be among the best they have ever seen.

Ibrahimovic has long dismissed concerns about his age and has said in the recent past that he believes he is getting better. There were concerns about how he might adjust to the demands of the Premier League after four years at the all-powerful Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1.

Ibrahimovic has been signed by Jose Mourinho in order to give his side the leadership qualities he believes that the current United squad is lacking.

The Swede is regarded by his new manager as being able to fulfil the same role as Didier Drogba did when he returned to the club in the title-winning 2014-2015 season and played 40 games and also offered leadership and experience. 

Mourinho is making a big step in severing ties with Ryan Giggs, the senior voice in the dressing room as player and coach for the last two decades.

Ibrahimovic will be regarded as the manager’s proxy among the players and also expected to contribute on the field.

There is the option of a one-year extension of his deal, worth around £250,000-a-week, if the move proves to be a success. 

Mourinho will begin work formally at Carrington on Monday and so far the expectation is that his introductory press conference will be on Tuesday morning.

Although the Portuguese can change his plans, the intention is that he will address much of the criticism that has been aimed at him since he left Chelsea in December.

Mourinho felt that he kept to his promise in a statement issued one day after his sacking by Chelsea that he would respect other working managers by not attending high-profile games.

He also feels he has kept his counsel over criticism that he has not developed young players over the course of his career and will address these issues when he speaks at Old Trafford.

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